German international captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is to leave Bayern Munich to join Manchester United, the Bundesliga champions confirmed Saturday.
The 30-year-old Schweinsteiger has spent 17 years at Bayern, but will move to the English Premier League giants after putting in a transfer request.
“We’ve granted his request and agreed transfer terms with United,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told gathered reporters.
“I regret it, but I also understand a player seeking to gain new experience at the end of his career,” he was quoted on the club’s official website.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 11, 2015
Schweinsteiger, who made 536 appearances for Bayern, winning 20 trophies, is expected to sign a three-year deal with Louis van Gaal’s United.
“He asked me to find a way and things between Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been clarified, we have agreed on a fair transfer fee.
“We have taken into account that Bastian is a very deserving player.
“We tried to convince him to stay with Bayern Munich, but I completely understand that after 17 years with us, he wants to experience something new,” Rummenigge said.
"Ich bedauere das, weil Bastian ein extrem verdienter Spieler von uns war", sagt KHR, "er hat Großartiges geleistet." pic.twitter.com/KpzHHvZcUX
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) July 11, 2015
United, which is set to compete again in the Champions League after a fourth place finish in the EPL last season, later confirmed the deal on its official website.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Bayern Munich to sign midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, subject to a medical and personal terms,” the statement said.
Schweinsteiger won his 100th cap for Germany during the triumphant 2014 World Cup campaign and took the captaincy over from Philipp Lahm when his clubmate retired from international football after the tournament in Brazil.
Casillas leaves Porto
Saturday also saw another club stalwart, Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas, on the move to Portuguese side Porto.
Real issued a statement about the 34-year-old, who has spent 16 seasons with the Spanish giants.
“Real Madrid and FC Porto have agreed the transfer of Iker Casillas to the Portuguese club,” the club announced.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) July 11, 2015