Ancelotti rules out Schweinsteiger return

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United website)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United website)

East Rutherford - Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out a return for Bastian Schweinsteiger, as the German champions finished their US tour.

"Schweinsteiger plays no role in our planning," said Bayern's new Italian coach after Bayern's 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in a friendly in New York.

"He is a fantastic footballer, but now is not the time to come back to Munich.

"Manchester United will decide where he plays - that is not my business."

Schweinsteiger, 32, left Bayern for Manchester United in 2015 after 17 years with the Bavarian giants.

But on Monday he learnt he has been demoted to the Premier League side's reserves by new manager Jose Mourinho.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had hinted this week that they would be interested in re-signing Schweinsteiger.

But Ancelotti, who has replaced Pep Guardiola as Bayern coach, has now poured cold water on any speculation as his new team finished their three-match tour of the US.

He is one of nine players told they are free to go on loan by Mourinho and are not in the United boss' plans.

Schweinsteiger announced his international retirement last week after 12 years, 24 goals and 120 appearances for Germany.

The defensive midfielder has been linked to AC Milan and Inter Milan, as well as Paris Saint-Germain, while any Major League Soccer club would be delighted by the profile boost his arrival in the USA would bring.

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