With his Manchester United career effectively over after just one season, the club have written off Bastian Schweinsteiger’s value in their latest financial results.
The 32-year-old is currently training with the Under-23 squad, and although he was named in the club’s Premier League squad, he has yet to feature for Jose Mourinho and has essentially been told he has no future at Old Trafford.
That message couldn’t be any clearer after the results were released on Monday, with this explanation being given over the £6.7m hit that the Red Devils will take: “Exceptional costs for the year were £15.1million…and £6.7million related to a registrations’ impairment charge regarding a reduction in the carrying value of a player no longer considered to be a member of the first team playing squad.”
While it has now widely been reported that that player is Schweinsteiger, he hasn’t been included among the club’s assets as ultimately United are looking to offload him for nothing and so including him wouldn’t have made a good impression on investors.
According to The Mirror, the former German international is currently on £190,000-a-week, and with two years remaining on his deal, United face the very real prospect of shelling out £19m on his salary until 2018.
Having failed to find a suitable alternative prior to the summer transfer window deadline, it’s claimed that the two parties may now discuss a compromise that suits them both, which will essentially involve a big pay-out and Schweinsteiger being allowed to leave for nothing.
The former Bayern Munich star has insisted throughout the situation that he will be ready to play for United if called upon, and that he doesn’t wish to play for another club in Europe.
In turn, a move to MLS appears to be the only real solution, but time will tell as to whether or not a suitable deal presents itself.
Meanwhile, some United supporters couldn’t hide their disgust with the treatment of the World Cup winner, and it has certainly left a bad taste in the mouth for many who don’t understand why it’s played out this way.
Feel so ashamed for the way we’ve treated a legend like Bastian Schweinsteiger. Massive, massive shame.
— José (@MourinhoMindset) September 12, 2016
Write off Bastian Schweinsteiger but continue to give Wayne Rooney 300K a week #MUFC
— Full Time Reds (@FULLTIMEREDS) September 12, 2016
— Heidi Moen (@Tiggy_Heidi) September 12, 2016
Embarrassed to see the treatment Bastian Schweinsteiger has got & the likes of Fellaini, Rooney, and Lingard still lingering on #MUFC
— Dan (@DanMUFC68) September 12, 2016
This Schweinsteiger saga should of been handled much better by the club!! Even if Mourinho doesn’t rate him deserves more respect #mufc
— Paul N (@PaulN84) September 12, 2016