Bastian Schweinsteiger is unlikely to play for Manchester United again, despite hinting he is willing to stay and fight for a place in Jose Mourinho’s team.
The German has been frozen out of the United first team, but released a statement on Thursday saying he would not be playing for another European club, suggesting he wanted to stay and fight for a place at Old Trafford.
But Mourinho has now punctured whatever hopes Schweinsteiger may have had of winning a place back, as he insists it will be difficult for the former Bayern Munich midfielder to play for the club again.
“He (Schweinsteiger) has spoken to me,” said Mourinho. “I cannot answer for him. It’s his life, his career.
“He has a contract with Man United and a right to make that decision and stay. So that’s not a problem for us.
“Football is made of decisions. I knew that all my career, not just me, everyone does.
“Some players react in a different way and have different kinds of decisions.
“To be honest, Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave his last statement which he is completely free to do in an objective and polite way.
“But I think it is very difficult for him (to play). I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying it’s very difficult.
“We have a decision completely made about (Paul) Pogba, (Ander) Herrera, (Morgan) Schneiderlin, (Marouane) Fellaini, Michael Carrick. We have five players for two positions. It’s very, very difficult that an opportunity will arise.
“I have 23 players in the squad and in principle nobody is leaving because I don’t want anybody to leave and nobody is coming – 23 players is more than enough.
“If you have any kind of problem or opportunity I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to give them an acceleration in their process.”