German football icon Franz Beckenbauer has told Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger to ignore interest from Manchester United as a move to Major League Soccer in the near future would be better suited.
Schweinsteiger is being strongly linked with a move away from Bayern this summer as he has just one year left on his contract and doesn’t appear to be close to penning a new deal.
Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal is believed to be keen to sign the German midfield powerhouse, who is rated at £24.6 million by transfermarkt.co.uk, with Chelsea also linked.
But Beckenbauer believes a move to the Premier League at this stage of Schweinsteiger’s career would only be detrimental to the 30-year-old World Cup winner.
“Adapting to a different European league is difficult at his age,” Beckenbauer told German outlet Bild.
“He has played with great force and put a lot of pressure on his body for many years. That saps energy. He could end his career in the USA instead.
“If I was in his place, I would stay one or two years more at Bayern. Until then, he can still perform at the highest level.”
It’s not the first time Schweinsteiger’s name has been linked with a move to MLS as only as recently as April, the New York Red Bulls were being tipped as a possible destination.
While in February, the player himself told the LA Times that he likes the idea of a move to the United States.
“We will see what happens in the future. But to be honest, I like the States.
“The quality is going to be better and better and [so] I could see that,” he said when asked about an MLS move.
Should Bastian Schweinsteiger ignore Manchester United interest this summer? Should he move to MLS when his Bayern Munich contract expires?