Major League Soccer side, Chicago Fire have signed Manchester United flop, Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German midfielder has been declared surplus to requirements by Jose Mourinho and has been treated so, playing just four times this season.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder will team up with the Veljko Paunovic-led side after signing a player contract that guarantees him $4.5 million in 2017.
“Throughout my career, I’ve always sought opportunities where I hoped to make a positive impact and to help make something great,” Schweinsteiger said in a statement released to the Chicago Tribune.
“My move to Chicago Fire is no different. Through my conversations with [general manager Nelson Rodriguez] and Pauno, I’m convinced by the club’s vision and philosophy and I want to help them with this project.”
The 32-year-old retired from international duty last summer, making his final appearance in a friendly against Finland on August 31 after playing five matches at Euro 2016. He won eight Bundesliga titles and the UEFA Champions League during his spell at Bayern.
Schweinsteiger’s signing comes four months after he was spotted sharing lunch with Paunovic in Manchester, with the Fire coach now revealing they spoke for hours about a potential move.