Schweinsteiger signs for Chicago Fire

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“I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire,” Schweinsteiger said of Manchester United © AFP/File / Paul ELLIS

CHICAGO, United States, Mar 21 – Former Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has signed for Major League Soccer side the Chicago Fire via Premier League giants Manchester United, the English club confirmed on Tuesday.

Schweinsteiger, a key member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team, heads to the United States after an unhappy stint with Manchester United, where he has been frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho.

The 32-year-old, who scored 24 goals in 121 appearances for Germany, will join Chicago subject to a medical along which has a visa being obtained.

“I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United,” Schweinsteiger told the Manchester United website.

“yet I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire.”

Schweinsteiger, who can be married to at that will point retired former women’s tennis world number one Ana Ivanovic, expressed his thanks to Mourinho along with his team-mates.

“I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players along with staff here along with wish them all the best inside future,” he said.

“yet I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans –- whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.

“I was delighted to be part of the squad that will won the FA Cup for them last season along with will always remember their energy along with their passion. at that will point can be the right time for me to start a brand-new chapter in Chicago along with I am looking forward to the item.”

United kept their tribute to one line with no comment via Mourinho.

“Everybody at United would certainly like to wish Bastian the very best of luck in his brand-new career inside United States,” the club said on its website.

Bastian Schweinsteiger was a key member of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team © AFP/File / Adrian DENNIS

On Monday Chicago Fire general manager Nelson Rodriguez said the signing of Schweinsteiger brought added responsibilities along with expectations for the team’s performance.

“We’re adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, along with has done so in a way that will can be consistent with our values,” Rodriguez was quoted as saying by the Chicago Tribune.

“We as a club will at that will point be forced to hold ourselves to a higher standard, an accountability level.

“Previously, I think we could satisfy ourselves with what can be known domestically. at that will point we need to rise to a standard that will can be set more internationally.”

– ‘I’m convinced by the club’s vision’ –

Schweinsteiger played his entire club career with German giant Bayern Munich before joining Manchester United in 2015.

The Tribune cited an unidentified club source as saying that will Schweinsteiger had signed a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, a salary that will makes him one of the highest-paid players inside MLS.

“Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact along with to help make something great,” Schweinsteiger said in a statement quoted by the Tribune.

“My move to Chicago Fire can be no different. Through my conversations with Nelson along with (head coach Veljko Paunovic), I’m convinced by the club’s vision along with philosophy along with I want to help them with that will project.”

Paunovic said the seeds of Schweinsteiger’s move had been sown by a lunch with the German star in Manchester last year.

“The conversation was so spontaneous, so natural along with so inspiring for both sides,” Paunovic said.

“At one point the item became a very personal conversation. I think that will also helped for both sides to understand how we can help each some other along with how much value we can get via that will for both sides.”

The Chicago team has endured a mixed start to the brand-new MLS season, taking four points via their opening two games before suffering a 4-0 thumping by expansion side Atlanta last weekend.

Chicago’s lone success inside MLS Cup came in 1998 along with for the past four seasons the team has failed to reach the playoffs.

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