Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes believes Bastian Schweinsteiger is one of the best holding midfielders in the world and says the Germany international's contribution is "priceless".
Schweinsteiger has developed into one of Bayern's undisputed stars since moving from the wing into midfield, and Heynckes has hailed his role in the Bavarians' success, particularly when it comes to keeping it tight at the back.
"Bastian reflects on football on a day-to-day basis. He thinks about attack and defence at the same time, and is a key reason that we concede so few goals," Heynckes was quoted as saying on the club's official website.
"Sergio Busquets is one fabulous player, and in my view Bastian shares with him the status of the world’s best midfielder.
"In today’s football you need to play intelligently and combine effectively in tight spaces. Schweinsteiger can do all that. That’s what makes him priceless."
The influential midfielder has been in sublime form this season, netting five goals in 21 Bundesliga appearances.