Bayern Munich and German national team legend Bastian Schweinsteiger will move to Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire, after more than a failed season and a half at English Premier League club Manchester United.
The transfer will become official, when the midfielder obtains the necessary paperwork for US residency and passes his new club’s physical.
Schweinsteiger is set to become a designated player in Chicago and thus reportedly be one of the ten highest-paid players in the league. The MLS website further states that he has signed a one-year contract, which both sides can extend further.
The former German national team captain is still only 32 years old, not far past his prime and very capable of lifting his team’s level of play.
Given that the Fire has failed to reach the MLS playoffs by large margins in the past few seasons, such a strong signing was certainly a step in the right direction for them, to say the least.
As Chicago head coach Veljko Paunovic stated, “having the strongest possible midfield is essential for how we want to play”, and he added that “we see Bastian helping our organization of the attack, and impacting the final third build-up with his vision and creativity to produce the final pass, as well as his capacity to score goals. His versatility on the field, and his immense experience at the highest levels of this sport will be a great benefit to our team,” according to the club website.
Fire general manager Nelson Rodríguez was quite glowing with praise for his new signing, saying that” we have added one of the greatest champions in all of sports. Bastian’s talents, attitude, and character will be a perfect complement to our squad as we continue building a championship program.”
Schweinsteiger himself made the following comment about his move:” “Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great. My move to Chicago Fire is no different. Through my conversations with Nelson and Pauno, I’m convinced by the club’s vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”
Whatever the final outcome of this story, one can only hope that this great legend can finish his career with the respect he deserves, something he desperately lacked in Manchester.