Bastian Schweinsteiger going nowhere, insists Bayern chief
Bayern Munich have no plans to sell midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger despite rumoured interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Germany international was one of the stand-out performers at the World Cup in South Africa where his national side reached the semi-finals. The 26-year-old signed for the Munich club as a youth player in 1998 and has made 323 appearances for the first team since.
Schweinsteiger, whose current deal with Bayern Munich expires in 2012, is yet to sign a contract extension with the Bundesliga club leading to speculation suggesting they would be willing to sell the defensive midfielder next summer to prevent him leaving for a cut-price fee the following January.
It was rumoured that Chelsea and Manchester United were set to battle it out for his signature next summer but Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insists Schweinsteiger will not be leaving the club before his contract expires.
“We will not be letting the player go before his contract ends in 2012 in any case,” said Rummenigge.
“Bastian has developed a great deal in the last two years and I am very optimistic that we and his agents can find an agreement. Our aim is to give Bastian a long-term contract.”
Bayern are currently languishing in fifth place in the Bundesliga, 14 points behind pace-setters Borussia Dortmund and Rummenigge says qualification for next season’s Champions League is crucial for last season’s runners-up.
“We have got to get into the Champions League, no matter what,” he said. “Let us not forget that the final in 2012 takes place in the Allianz Arena and we have got to be there.
“I appeal to you all not to give up. Bayern Munich must fight to the bitter end and then we will see what comes out of it.”