Bastian Schweinsteiger is set to sign for Manchester United and left Germany to travel to the UK today in a blaze of publicity.
The move has been met with unpopular response by Bayern Munich supporters, unhappy that the club have sanctioned the sale. Schweinsteiger has played for the club for all of his career and penned an open letter to share his own thoughts.
“I know in recent days there were many rumours about my future,” he said. “I just want to say thank you for the wonderful time we had together. Beginning in the Olympiastadion and then in the Allianz Arena, it was a great ride, thank you very much.”
“After 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights that I was fortunate enough to experience with my incredible team, all you exceptional fans and the co-workers at Sabener Strasse and Alllianz Arena, I have decided to take a new career step.
“This decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have, are and will always be an extremely important part of my life. Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club. My destination is Manchester United.
“I hope you understand my decision. No one can take away the incredible journey we had together. I hope to see you soon. Goodbye, your Basti.”
Schweinsteiger has reportedly already agreed terms on a three year deal and the deal could be completed and announced this evening, before United travel to the USA for their pre-season tour.