Bastian Schweinsteiger snub for Manchester United and Chelsea

08 December 2010 05:07
Chelsea and Manchester United's pursuit of Bastian Schweinsteiger could be doomed to failure after it emerged that the Germany midfielder had asked pals about Real Madrid.

Bayern Munich are confident they can convince the 26-year-old to sign an extension to the deal that ends in 2012, but the World Cup star is seriously considering a move abroad.

Jose Mourinho wanted to take him to Real Madrid but had to settle for fellow Germany midfield stars Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil.

Real deal: Schweinsteiger (left) could follow his Germany team-mates to Madrid

Reports in Germany claimed that Mourinho told Schweinsteiger after a friendly in August: 'Next year you're mine.'

And now Khedira - who joined Madrid from Stuttgart in the summer - has revealed: 'Bastian has asked me about the workings of Real. We had already spoken before Mourinho's statement because we have a very good, open relationship.

'Bastian is one of the few players who would succeed anywhere. But I would never advise anyone. One person wants to go abroad and the next doesn't. Bayern are a very big, absolutely world-class club.'

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Source: Daily_Mail