Berlin - Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola said Thursday
that Bastian Schweinsteiger holds his future in his own hands amidst reports
linking the Germany captain to Manchester United.
The 30-year-old Germany captain has a year left on his
Bayern contract and reports in the British media claim Louis van Gaal's United
are set to swoop for the defensive midfielder, who has spent 13 seasons with
But Schweinsteiger has said he wants to help Bayern become
the first team to win four straight German league titles in the history of the
Bundesliga next season and Guardiola hopes the Munich vice-captain stays.
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"I have already said, read and heard a lot of things
about Basti, but his future depends on him," said Guardiola in Thursday's
"I think he will stay, but only he can decide.
"If he stays, that would be the perfect decision for
me. He is a top player."
In the other direction from Manchester, United's Argentina
international Angel Di Maria has been linked to Bayern and Guardiola stayed
vague on the subject.
"It's the decision of the club, I just worry about
myself," said Guardiola, who quipped that he most wants "a squad of
fit players" for next season.
With Franck Ribery still stranded on the sidelines with an
ankle injury, Guardiola says he just wants all his stars available.
"I'd like to have Javi Martinez fit, Arjen Robben fit
and Franck Ribery fit, then we can play our best system. I already have an
outstanding team," he added with 14 midfield players listed in a bulging,
"I want players to be disppointed because they have
been left out, not because they are injured."
With both Robben and Ribery having missed large chunks of
last season through injury, Bayern completed the signing of Brazil winger
Douglas Costa from Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday and Guardiola explained why.
"We need a player for the one-on-one situations,"
said Guardiola after Bayern paid 30 million euros ($33.3m) for the Selecao
"We have two exceptional players (in Robben and
Ribery), but he (Costa) is young.
"He has already played four or five years in the
Champions League and is a fighter.
"I hope he will integrate himself quickly, which
shouldn't be a problem."
Bayern began their pre-season training on Wednesday with a
host of stars such as Schweinsteiger and Germany colleagues Thomas Mueller and
Manuel Neuer absent on holiday until the squad is presented on July 11.
Munich open the new season at home to Hamburg on August 14
having won the German league for the last three years.For
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