Manchester United have been slammed for their treatment Bastian Schweinsteiger by his former club Bayern Munich.
The 32-year-old has won every domestic title in Germany as well as the Champions League and the World Cup but has been banished to train with the reserves at United.
Schweinsteiger was not included in the United pre-season squad and has not featured in any friendlies according to the Guardian.
The 32-year-old was not included in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial game at Old Trafford yesterday either.
Bayern CEO Karl-Frinz Rummenigge was quoted by the Guardian [via Bild] as saying: “I could hardly believe it. One or two players are going to think long and hard in future about whether they want to go to such a club. Nothing like that has ever happened at Bayern Munich.”
Meanwhile Ottmar Hitzfeld, who gave Schweinsteiger his professional debut at the age of 18 also criticised United’s approach to dealing with the midfielder.
“It’s a lack of respect for a worthy player,” he told the RedaktionsNetwork Deutschland. “It’s a method which is strange to me. Schweinsteiger is a key player, a world champion, a personality, while at the same time he has an exceptional attitude.”
The Express report that Besiktas are on alert following reports that the midfielder is set for a summer exit although a source close to Besiktas told Turkish-football.com that the club would struggle to match his wages unless he were to accept a pay cut.
The experienced midfielder would however, be exempt from taxation and would almost be guaranteed first-team as well as Champions League football this season.