Bayern Munich CEO wants Bastian Schweinsteiger back

MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 28: Sebastian Schweinsteiger of Chicago waves to the fans after the Friendly Match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chicago Fire at Allianz Arena on August 28, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed he’s asked Bastian Schweinsteiger to consider a return to Bayern Munich.

The 34-year-old midfielder started out his career at Bayern and made 500 appearances in the process, while winning seven consecutive domestic doubles and the Champions League.

Schweinsteiger became a firm fan favourite at the Allianz Arena with the Bayern supporters even nicknaming him “Fußballgott” (Football God) during his 17 years at the club.

In the summer of 2015, however, Schweinsteiger completed a surprise €9m transfer to Manchester United in the Premier League to reunite with former Bavarian coach Luis van Gaal at Old Trafford.

After a brief spell in England, the former Germany international now plays his football in the MLS for Chicago Fire but returned to Bayern last August to play in a testimonial match.

“FC Bayern is always interested in binding important former players to the club,” Rummenigge told AZ.

“I would like to have Bastian Schweinsteiger with us, but I don’t know whether he’ll ever come back to Munich

“For me, it was one of the most emotional moments of last year when Basti took a lap of honour after his farewell game.”

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He added: “I’m in touch with him relatively often. We regularly text and also sometimes talk on the phone.

“I told him he should think over whether returning is an attractive option for him.”

Schweinsteiger managed 68 goals and 100 assists in 500 appearances for Bayern across all competitions.

The 2014 World Cup winner is out of contract at Chicago Fire at the end of this year and is yet to make any announcements over his future plans.

Should Rummenigge get his way though, Schweinsteiger will join his former teammates Hasan Salihamidzic and Philipp Lahm in taking up roles at the club in their post-playing careers.

In the meantime, Schweinsteiger’s full focus will be on getting Chicago Fire back on track after a poor start to the new MLS season.

The Men in Red have only collected one point in their opening two games in the Eastern Conference upon losing to LA Galaxy and drawing 1-1 with Orlando City on Saturday.

MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 28: Sebastian Schweinsteiger of Chicago waves to the fans after the Friendly Match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chicago Fire at Allianz Arena on August 28, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images,)ga