Bastian Schweinsteiger, 32, has been given a boost in his search for a Manchester United exit with the club willing to consider releasing him on a free transfer.
The former German international took to social media to express the view that he would not play for another European club when he leaves Old Trafford.
The United hierarchy are keen to reduce the club’s wage bill following a summer of heavy investment in the squad.
Schweinsteiger, currently training with the United academy squad, is unable to move to Major League Soccer in the USA or the Chinese Super League at present as their transfer windows are closed until 2017, unless he becomes a free agent.
The idea of paying up the remainder of the German’s contract has been discussed by United chiefs and not been rejected out of hand.
With tennis star wife Ana Ivanovic playing a number of tournaments in the USA each season, a move to the MLS holds great appeal to the World Cup winner.
Diplomatically, Schweinsteiger also noted that he would be ready to serve Jose Mourinho should the team need him, despite being told that he is not part of the Portuguese manager’s plans for this season.
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