Bastian Schweinsteiger Didn’t Get to Say Goodbye to Manchester United

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England, February 19. Schweinsteiger has moved to Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire. Phil Noble/Reuters

Bastian Schweinsteiger’s departure move to Chicago Fire was sudden enough that he was unable to say goodbye to his former Manchester United teammates.

Schweinsteiger, 32, was unveiled by the Major League Soccer club at a press conference on Wednesday evening. He has signed a one-year deal with the option for another season.

“It was not so easy because the decision was a bit late so I couldn’t say a proper goodbye to the team,” Schweinsteiger told U.S. media in quotes reported by Sky Sports.

“Also they had a match away against—I can’t remember—but they had a match on Sunday so I couldn’t really tell them because I didn’t want the focus on me, I wanted to have the focus on the team and the game. So I was very happy that they won.”

United defeated Middlesbrough 3-1 in that game on March 19, with Jose Mourinho’s club announcing an agreement had been reached for the transfer on March 21.

Schweinsteiger could make his Fire debut on Saturday against Montreal Impact at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois.