World Cup-winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger should opt against a potential summer move from Bayern Munich to Manchester United, according to German footballing legend Franz Beckenbauer.
The 30-year-old Allianz Arena idol – nicknamed ‘The Commander’ – has recently emerged as a shock target for the Red Devils, amid suggestions that Louis van Gaal is keen to reunite with the player he coached while at the help of the Bavarian giants.
‘Schweini’ has won just about every prize on offer to him at Bayern, including eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League, and one ex-pro in the shape of Lothar Matthaus has even urged him to “consider” joining United in the coming months for the good of his career.
However, Beckenbauer has a different opinion, and feels that the experienced midfielder should instead preserve his legacy by staying in his homeland:
“Adapting to a different European league is difficult at his age,” he is quoted by Goal.
“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 at Schweini’s place, I would stay one or two years more at Bayern. Until then, he can still perform at the highest level.”
Should Schweinsteiger follow Beckenbauer’s advice and consider a late career move to America’s MLS, he could potentially play alongside, or against, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, who have moved to New York City FC and LA Galaxy respectively.