Bayern won't rush Bastian
Bayern Munich are confident Bastian Schweinsteiger will pen a new contract and will not be forcing the issue.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 08/11/10 12:15pm
Bayern Munich are confident Bastian Schweinsteiger will pen a new contract and insist they will not be forcing the issue.
The midfielder revealed on Saturday that he would not be pressurised into agreeing fresh terms just because club and international colleague Philip Lahm had done so.
With his current contract at the Allianz Arena set to run until 2012, he knows there is no rush to sit down and thrash out a deal.
Bayern are happy to follow that lead for now, with general manager Christian Nerlinger optimistic regarding the club's chances of tying Schweinsteiger down on a long-term basis.
"In regard to Bastian, the most important thing for us is that a new contract is signed," he told the club's official website.
"The concrete date of seeing him sign new terms is not that important for us.
"He has told us that we are his first option. We are not in talks just yet, we are not going to put him under any pressure.
"He is an important player for our team, though, and we are looking forward to speaking with him."
Schweinsteiger is a product of Bayern's youth academy and has spent his entire career to date with the Bundesliga giants.
He is, however, reported to have attracted interest from Real Madrid and could be tempted to take on a new challenge after making more than 300 appearances for Bayern.