Bayern Munich legend Franz Beckenbauer has warned Bastian Schweinsteiger against joining Manchester United this summer and has instead encouraged him to wait for a move to the MLS.
German World Cup winner Schweinsteiger is thought to be one of Louis van Gaal’s transfer priorities, and reports last week claimed that a £7.5m deal was close to being agreed.
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But Beckenbauer, who captained Bayern to three successive European Cups in the 1970s, does not feel that a switch to England would be right for the 30-year-old.
He thinks that Schweinsteiger would be better off staying at Munich for the next couple of seasons before following in his footsteps and ending his career in New York.
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Beckenbauer is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “I would advise him not to go to England. He can stay here as well. This challenge, at his age, it’s not what he needs.
“I would play one or two more years in Munich, at this high level. And then, if he still wants to and if he still feels like playing football is the thing, he can make a step back and maybe go to the USA.
“In New York, Cosmos is searching for players, also Red Bull. So I think if he, as a world champion, goes to New York or another club in the Major League Soccer, that would greatly improve the standing of football there.”
Beckenbauer, who has also been manager and president of Bayern, had two spells with the New York Cosmos and has been inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame.