Former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld has spoken, in quotes carried by the Daily Mirror, about Bastian Schweinsteiger's uncertain future at the club amid speculation linking the midfielder with a move to the Premier League.
The rumour mill has been doing the rounds over recent weeks, with Hitzfeld joining names such as Lothar Matthaus, in his column for SportBild, and Franz Beckenbauer, as per Bild, in openly discussing the likelihood of Schweinsteiger leaving the Allianz Arena this summer.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal previously worked with Schweinsteiger at Bayern Munich between 2009 and 2011, so already has a working relationship with the midfielder which may go a long way in the reported pursuit of his signature.
Hitzfeld has, however, advised Schweinsteiger to speak with Pep Guardiola about the situation and his plans for him in a midfield that also includes Spanish schemer Xabi Alonso.
"It’s important he speaks with the coach," Hitzfeld said in the Mirror.
"Of course, Bastian has to know if and how Guardiola plans to handle him."
What should Bastian Schweinsteiger do next?
Bastian Schweinsteiger has spent his entire senior career at Bayern Munich, so he has no experience of difficult cultures in European football which may benefit him if he ever decides to go down the route of management.
He has won absolutely everything possible at Bayern and when footballers retire, people evaluate honours and the differences they made. If Schweinsteiger joined United and helped them return to success, he will add to his already successful career and gain Premier League knowhow.
Having already built a legacy at Bayern Munich his reputation won't be harmed by moving, but being seen as a one-club man might still add to the appreciation the fans have for him.