Beckenbauer - Bastian must stay
Franz Beckenbauer says it is key that Bayern Munich keep hold of midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 26/11/08 2:42pm
Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has expressed his hope that star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger remains at the club.
The 24-year-old's current contract at the Allianz Arena is due to expire at the end of the season, sparking rumoured interest from a number of top European sides.
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reported to be keen on Schweinsteiger, while Inter Milan and Juventus have both been credited with an interest.
Beckenbauer, though, believes Bayern should do their utmost to tie down the Germany international.
"Bayern must make every endeavour to keep him in Munich," Beckenbauer told German television channel Premiere.
"He is still young enough to play here for several years and then look to go and play abroad."