Is Bastian Schweinsteiger on the verge of early retirement?Published November 29, 2016
Uli Hoeness has hinted that Bastian Schweinsteiger is considering early retirement as his ill-fated Manchester United career comes to an end.
The decorated German World Cup winner has failed to make his mark at Old Trafford since signing from Bayern Munich for £7.65 million back in July 2015, making just 31 appearances so far during his time in England.
And Bayern president Hoeness, who has a close relationship with the 32-year-old from their days together at the Allianz Arena, admitted that he expects Schweinsteiger to retire at the end of the current campaign despite speculation over a move to the United States.
“From what I have heard, Basti’s on his way out of football,” he told attendees of a Bayern Fan Club event (via ESPN FC). “I know him well and I doubt he’s still got the fire left in him for one final major challenge.
“After such a brilliant career, a player like him shouldn’t see out his career in a place like America. For me, America simply isn’t an alternative for a player of his calibre.”
Hate how the Bayern team and management get so defensive over Schweinsteiger. If you're that fucking concerned then buy him back?
Hate how the Bayern team and management get so defensive over Schweinsteiger. If you're that fucking concerned then buy him back?— Batts (@tombattye) November 29, 2016
Hoeness also slammed United for the way they have treated fellow countryman during his time at the club, suggesting the Red Devils deserve to be made to pay financially for their conduct.
“If I were him, I would make the people in Manchester pay until his last day,” he added. “That’s what this club [United] deserves for what they’ve done to him. They should be punished.”
Although the veteran midfielder’s future is still to be revealed, the Bayern president intimated that a farewell game at his former club could well be the last time we see the player in action.
“As far as I know, he’s committed to a massive farewell game at FC Bayern. I would do that but then I would retire.”