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Man Utd midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger could return to Bayern Munich

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been told there could be a place for him back at Bayern Munich
Image: Bastian Schweinsteiger has been told there could be a place for him back at Bayern Munich

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been told there could be a place for him back at Bayern Munich if he leaves Manchester United.

Sky sources understand Schweinsteiger is one of several players United are open to selling this summer.

The German turned 32 on Monday, the same day his locker in United's first-team dressing room was reportedly cleared out, with newspaper reports suggesting he has been told to train with the reserves by Jose Mourinho.

Bastian Schweinsteiger of Manchester United and Ross Barkley of Everton compete for the ball
Image: Schweinsteiger endured a difficult first season at Manchester United due to injuries

Schweinsteiger moved to Old Trafford in 2015 after winning eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern, as well as the German Cup seven times and the 2013 Champions League, but he endured an injury-ravaged season in Manchester and made only 31 appearances.

With Paul Pogba reportedly close to a return to Old Trafford, Schweinsteiger could be set to leave the club, despite having two years left on his contract, and Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has suggested that the door is open for him to return to Bavaria.

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"Should he speak at some point about a desire to return, then we will discuss it with him," Rummenigge told Sport Bild.

His brother, Tobias Schweinsteiger, a youth team coach at Bayern, tweeted "no respect" on Monday evening.

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He announced his international retirement last week after 120 appearances for Germany, which included a World Cup final win in 2014.

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We understand Paul Pogba is close to completing a world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United.

Rummenigge says he does not expect Schweinsteiger to struggle to find a new employer and it seems he has a future with Bayern when he hangs up his boots for good.

"It's important to bind players who deserve it to the club," Bayern captain Philipp Lahm told Sport Bild. "Basti knows everyone and everything here, he would be predestined to work in the team."

Bayern Munich's midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (with ball) and Jose Mourinho (right)
Image: Schweinsteiger played for Bayern against Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid side

And Schweinsteiger's former Germany and Bayern team-mate Oliver Kahn says the midfielder is still too young to retire.

"I'm sure that with all his experience, Basti can still be the leader of a top team. He is definitely too young and too strong to retire," Kahn wrote on his Facebook page.

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