Money Isn't Everything! MLS-Bound Schweinsteiger Agreed to Wave Contract Payout From Man Utd

Joanna Durkan

Bastian Schweinsteiger left Manchester United without having his contract paid up after he left for Chicago Fire, according to  ​Sportsmail

The 32-year-old had a tumultuous time under Jose Mourinho who was quick to identify the German as surplus to requirements, leading to his switch to Major League Soccer despite having 15 months left on his contract at Man United.

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League

Manchester United were also willing to forgo a transfer fee for the former Bayern Munich midfielder, as Mourinho sought a quick cut from a player he utilised only four times this campaign.

The eight-time  Bundesliga  champion and World Cup winner could have asked the club to pay a lump sum for the time left on his contract, which could have equalled £10 million - when Robin van Persie, left for Fenerbache in 2015, he was paid £8m. 

Schweinsteiger was well in his right to request his contract to be paid out h owever, with regular football his priority and in the knowledge he was not in favour at Old Trafford a clean break for both parties was ultimately the best case scenario. 

His new club, Chicago Fire requested that the deal was to be completed now rather than in the summer as they look to kick off their new campaign with the much needed experience and talent the German can provide.

Schweinsteiger, has already moved out of his house in Hale and signed terms on a one-year contract with the Midwest  side as he looks to put his time on the red side of Manchester behind him. 

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