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German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has delivered a crushing blow to Chelsea and Manchester United by pledging his future to Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid had also been linked with the 26-year-old, who caught the eye during last summer’s World Cup finals.
But Schweinsteiger attempted to end to the speculation by revealing he had extending his contract by four years until 2016.
Grabbing the stadium microphone minutes after their 3-0 Bundesliga win over St Pauli, he told the fans: ‘I have extended my contract and will stay here until 2016. Long live Bayern’.
It looks like Manchester United and Chelsea will have to look elsewhere for a midfield general. Both clubs had designs on the player especially during his stand-off with the Bavarian club over contract negotiations but now it seems that ‘Schweini’ will not be coming to the Premier League any time soon.
United and Chelsea will now consider their options with Chelsea likely to pursue Daniele De Rossi or Roma while Sir Alex Ferguson step up the chae for Lille’s Eden Hazard.
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