New York Red Bulls’ Head of Global Soccer Oliver Mintzlaff says that Bastian Schweinsteiger is not on the club’s list of targets and has ruled out a potential deal for the former German international.
Schweinsteiger, 32, has been frozen out as current club Manchester United, who he has confirmed will be his “final club in Europe”.
That has opened the door for a potential move to MLS, but it seems New York will not be his destination, with fellow German Mintzlaff emphatically closing the door on the possibility of a move.
Mintzlaff told German daily Bild: “Bastian Schweinsteiger is a great player with a great career. But there have been no conversations, he isn’t and will not be a topic for us.”
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has openly stated his desire to see Schweinsteiger join the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo in being the latest high-profile European midfielder to cross the Atlantic, saying he would be “welcomed with open arms”.
“Of course we follow Bastian’s situation,” the MLS commissioner said.
“He’s an old acquaintance for the United States, for example through the 2014 World Cup, when he played against the US team. He also played against the MLS All-Stars with Bayern in 2014.
“We would welcome Bastian with open arms. He would be a leader for our many young players.”
Schweinsteiger has spent this international break training on his own at United’s training complex as he looks to retain his fitness despite a lack of action on the pitch.
So far FC Dallas have shown the biggest interest in securing the services of the former Bayern Munich man, with club president Dan Hunt the first to speak publicly about Schweinsteiger, but admits the decision may come down to Schweinsteiger or a forward.
“He’s a terrific player. I have admired him and the success his team had. It’s no coincidence. He’s a winner,” said Hunt.
“At the moment, we only have space for one designated player and we wanted to fill this with a striker. Maybe it will change. We will see.”