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Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been named in Manchester United’s Premier League squad, despite not training with the first team.
The 32-year-old German was free to leave the club on transfer deadline day on Wednesday, but a move failed to materialize as Schweinsteiger expressed a desire to stay at the club. He’s now been included in the roster update the club handed in after the transfer deadline.
Schweinsteiger said earlier in the week that he didn’t want to move to a different club in Europe, and that he has had talks with manager Jose Mourinho.
“Of course, my absolute dream would be to play for Manchester United and help them reach the goals they have,” Schweinsteiger said.
“Of course, we have had talks and I have no problem with Jose Mourinho. We had a good chat and he told me his side of things and I also know what I want.
“We’ve got to wait and see how things go in September and October, but there is respect between us and that’s important for me. I’m certainly not going to stop playing football.”
The former Germany captain joined United last summer from Bayern Munich and signed a three-year contract. Schweinsteiger hinted that MLS could be in his future if he fails to fight his way back into contention at United.
“The transfer window is closed in the USA so I’m not going there now. It’s my dream still to play for Manchester United and if I get a fair chance, I believe in it.
“I played in the semi-finals of the European Championship as part of the world champions’ team, and I believe in my ability and dream of helping United,” Schweinsteiger said.
“I think up to my suspension last year, things were going well for me, then I had two unfortunate injuries.
“But as I said, it’s my absolute dream and goal [to play for United again], but we’ve got to see what the situation is. The USA is certainly an option, should it come to that.”