Berlin - Ahead of his final Germany appearance, Bastian
Schweinsteiger said Tuesday he will not give up on his dream of playing again
for Manchester United -- despite his exile by Jose Mourinho.
Germany's friendly against Finland in Moenchengladbach on
Wednesday doubles as Schweinsteiger's farewell on his 121st - and final -
international appearance when he will captain die Mannschaft for the last time.
The 32-year-old, who left Bayern Munich for Manchester in
2015, has a United contract running until 2018, but new coach Mourinho banished
him to the Under-23 team early this month, insisting the soon-to-be ex-Germany
captain is not in his plans.
Schweinsteiger says he will keep waiting for his chance at
Old Trafford and insisted that he has 'no problem' with Mourinho.
"My absolute dream would be to play for Manchester
United and help them reach their goals," said Schweinsteiger at a German
FA (DFB) press conference in Duesseldorf.
"I have had conversations (with the club) and I have no
problem with Jose Mourinho, he has explained the situation to me from his
"We have to wait to see what happens in September and
October and how things will develop, but I will definitely not stop playing
While Schweinsteiger will bide his time in Manchester, he
said a move to USA and the North American league (MLS) could be an option in
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"The transfer window has already closed (in the MLS),
so there's nothing there," said Schweinsteiger.
"My dream remains to play for Manchester United.
"Mourinho showered (the 34-year-old Zlatan) Ibrahimovic
with praise for still playing and if I get a fair chance, I believe in my
"It would be a dream to once more show the (Man Utd) fans
what I can do.
"In the last year, things went well (at Man Utd) until
I was banned (from the first-team).
"We have to see how the situation goes, but of course
the USA is an option."
Schweinsteiger says he is not letting the situation at Old
Trafford get him down and that he has experienced worst moments in his career.
"I believe that things are good with me, despite the
current situation," he said.
"When I think about the Champions League final in
Munich (when Bayern lost to Chelsea on penalties in 2012), that was more
difficult to get over.
"I've mellowed and know how to deal with these
"The football business is not only highs, but also
lows, it is a hard business and not just on the sports side."
Just over half of the 43,000 tickets, costing between 25-75
euros ($28-$83), have been sold for the match in Moenchengladbach with
Schweinsteiger set to bow out after more than 12 years in the famous white
"I am looking forward to the evening," he said.
"I know that the stadium perhaps won't be full, but I
will be pleased to see every fan who comes to the game, the atmosphere and
singing the national anthem.
"I don't know how many minutes I'll be able to play.
"I haven't played a game yet (this season), so I don't
know how the lungs will hold up."
Loew has said he will only name Schweinsteiger's replacement
as Germany captain after the Finland international.
Bayern trio Manuel Neuer, who was skipper for five of their
six Euro 2016 matches, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller are all vying for the
armband with Neuer as the favourite.For
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