Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are willing to spend massively on Schweinsteiger to convince him to stay with club after it emerged that he was keen on moving to the Premier League.
Like a hen protecting her chicks from vicious predators, Club President Uli Hoeness also issued a stern warning to all clubs interested in Bastian telling them to keep off ‘because they will not be able to compete’.
Schweinsteiger’s contract is set to expire in 2012 but that has not stopped clubs from lining up bids to take him away from the Allianz Arena next summer should hr not sign a new deal.
”Bastian certainly knows what he has got here,”
”It is not like he is going to have to sign up for benefits. If our guys need more money from the board, then they will get it. We will not be tight because we know exactly how important he is for us.”
”The guys from Real (Madrid) tried it with Franck Ribery and all they got was a bloody nose,” he said. ”Everybody in Europe has got to start learning what they are up against with FC Bayern, and that it is not so easy (to sign our players).”
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Schweinsteiger on the other hand expressed his admiration for the Premier League.
“I love the kind of speed of the English game but I don’t know what will happen with me. I have a contract until 2012 and we’ll see.”
“What I love is the atmosphere in English stadiums. When we played last year in Manchester it was fantastic. My brother is a big fan of Man U and he always says, ‘Go to Man U, go to Man U.’ I say, ‘I can’t, I can’t. I watch the English games on TV and I like the Chelsea style at the moment. They’re very strong.”
“For me, in England the fans are better,” he added. “When the team give their best, they are not booing. It’s more like they are fans more with the heart.”
Those are some pretty strong words from a player considered to be the lifeline of the team, no wonder club president Uli hoeness is prepared to break the bank in a bid to keep one of his stars.
Time will only tell if Schweinsteiger eventually joins the EPL.
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