Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been left far from impressed with Manchester United’s snub of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The German midfielder moved to Old Trafford last summer to secure a reunion with former boss Louis van Gaal, but injuries and a lack of form disrupted his campaign.
With Jose Mourinho replacing the Dutchman this summer, the 32-year-old is reportedly training with the reserves after being told that he doesn’t feature in the new manager’s plans, as noted by The Guardian.
Rummenigge has had his say on the matter, and is disappointed with how Schweinsteiger’s situation has been dealt with and believes it could have a longer-lasting effect on the Red Devils.
“I could hardly believe it,” he told Bild. “One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club. Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”
Former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld also echoed that same sentiment: “It’s a lack of respect for a worthy player,” he told the RedaktionsNetwork Deutschland. “It’s a method which is strange to me. Schweinsteiger is a key player, a world champion, a personality, while at the same time he has an exceptional attitude.”
Schweinsteiger collected eight Bundesliga titles, seven German cups and the 2013 Champions League trophy during his time in Bavaria, while also winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014.
Having been forced to deal with a similar situation at Bayern in 2005, it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be able to fight his way back into contention at Old Trafford and so it remains to be seen what the future holds for him.
Despite being 32 and with his injury woes from last season, many clubs from around Europe will believe that he still has plenty to offer and so it comes down to whether or not Mourinho is genuinely ready to cut him out and allow him to leave before the deadline later this month.