Manchester United have signed World Cup winning midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich Chief Executive Office Karl-Heinz Rumminegge has confirmed.
Schweinsteiger joins Manchester United
Speaking at the unveiling of new Bayern signings Joshua Kimmich and Douglas Costa, Rumminegge revealed that reports of a deal being agreed between United, Bayern and Schweinsteiger were true and he will join the Premier League club this summer.
The 30-year-old has spent his entire career at Bayern but Rumminegge says "Bastian [Schweinsteiger} clearly told me he wants a new challenge in Manchester".
Schweinsteiger will be the first German player ever to play at Manchester United, and the outpouring of despair at his departure from the Bayern Munich fans shows the quality he still has.
Midfielder wanted new challenge and club respected decision
Bayern only let him go due to his many years service at the club, says Rumminegge, with the German champions able to "respect his decision" after such commitment to his only ever club.
Bayern Munich signing Joshua Kimmich had already confirmed Schweinsteiger would be leaving with a slip of the tongue.
Kimmich said that he is "disappointed that Bastian [Schweinsteiger] leaves us this summer" because "it is a shame to lose such a quality player."
Schweinsteiger had not turned up to Bayern's pre-season photoshoot where all the other players were involved, confirming reports that he and his representatives were meeting officials from United to finalise details of the move.
Fee thought to be £14 million but no confirmation
United have been chasing Schweinsteiger for a couple of weeks now and a deal has been reportedly agreed of £14 million with the German midfielder set to earn 10 million euros per year on a three-year deal.
Rumminegge refused to confirm fees or wages but did confirm that United have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger, World Cup winner.