Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said he regrets the way he treated Bastian Schweinsteiger, and added he apologised to the midfielder before his move to the Chicago Fire.
The German World Cup winner, who joined United in 2015, trained with the reserves following Mourinho’s arrival in the summer, but was brought back into the first team in late October.
However, last week the 32-year-old former German captain was permitted a move to join the MLS side.
Schweinsteiger has signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year.
“I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United,” he said. “But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up this challenge.”
“He’s in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
“The last thing I told him before he left: ‘I was not right with you once, I have to be right with you now.’
“So when he was asking me to let him leave, I had to say yes, you can leave because I did it once, I cannot do it twice.”
He said he feels sorry and Schweinsteiger knows it.
“I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a good influence in training – a very good influence.”
Courtesy of BBC Sports