England’s Manchester United recently wrote off the acquisition of Germany’s soccer superstar, Bastian Schweinsteiger, but after demoting him into the ranks of the reserve team with 18 months left on his contract, the team is looking at its options to release him entirely.
Schweinsteiger was apparently told by team manager José Mourinho that he has no real future at Manchester United. With almost two years left on his contract though, Schweinsteiger would be open to leaving the team as long as his remaining £13.8 million ($17.9 million) contract is paid out to him in full. This would open him up financially to playing for another team, as most are unwilling to pay a large amount for a 32-year-old player.
“The USA is certainly an option, should it come to that”
Back in August, Schweinsteiger alluded to the possibility of lending his talents to an American Major League Soccer team if things don’t work out in England. “The transfer window is closed in the USA so I’m not going there now. It’s my dream still to play for Manchester United and if I get a fair chance, I believe in it,” the player said in his statement. “We’ve got to see what the situation is. The USA is certainly an option, should it come to that.”
Manchester United and Schweinsteiger’s representatives are said to be in talks about reaching some financial compromise, but how far along the two sides are in reaching a decision is not clear. The one sign we do have is Schweinsteiger’s absence from the teams photo shoot that took place on Monday. If thats a sign of things to come, his release may be right around the corner.