​Bastian Schweinsteiger's team-mates have paid tribute to the departing Bayern Munich midfielder, after he agreed a deal to sign for Manchester United on Saturday. 


The 30-year-old has spent his entire career with the Bavarians, winning every possible piece of silverware during his 500 competitive appearances for the club.



Schweinsteiger, however, is keen to test himself in the Premier League and has opted to reunite with Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford, but his 17 years of service have not been forgotten by his team-mates.


Everyone from club captain Philipp Lahm to striker Roberto Lewandowski were quick to share their appreciation for the experienced Germany skipper.




Lahm went on to say, "It was kind of unusual he wasn't here. He is a good friend. Even if it's hurts me personally, I'm glad we're still together in the national team.


"The days before we had contact, but he didn't want to be stopped. I wish him healthiness and hope he gets his best performance as soon as possible. For me nothing really changes. Long time Bayern players like Thomas Muller maybe take more responsibility."



Fellow German international Manuel Neuer was also sad to hear he was losing a team-mate and friend this summer, he said: 'We are very good friends so it hurts me personally that he isn't here anymore. At least he will be with the national team."




​​Numerous other Bayern players, including Javi Martinez, Robert Lewandowski and Jerome Boateng, were also disappointed when they heard the news, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits he tried to block his exit.


The Bayern Munich chief said: "Bastian Schweinsteiger told me that, during his vacation he had done some soul searching, and that, since he is approaching the end of his career, he wanted to try something new.


"But we didn't let him go without trying to convince him to stay. It upsets me, I'm not going to hide that. Although I do understand his decision. Nevertheless, it's sad, because he was an essential part of this team."


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