Schweinsteiger unsure of his MLS future beyond this season

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The former Bayern Munich and Man Utd midfielder is enjoying life with the Chicago Fire, but he won't commit to the North American league for 2018

Bastian Schweinsteiger admits he is "really happy" playing with the Chicago Fire, but it appears he isn't ready to commit his future to MLS after this season.

Schweinsteiger left Manchester United midway through the 2016-17 season, signing a one-year deal with the Fire on a free transfer in March.

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After a miserable two-year spell with Man Utd in the Premier League, the 32-year-old midfielder has been the key to the Fire's success 15 games into the MLS season.

With Chicago currently sitting in second in the Eastern Conference standings, Schweinsteiger is pleased with the team's direction but doesn't know if he'll stay with them beyond 2017.

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"I'm really happy here and everything fits. The club is making progress and has helped my family and me a lot," the former Bayern Munich star told Die Welt.

"The team wants to improve and the training staff are super. The Chicago people are also really nice and I'm having a lot of fun here. I don't know how long I'll play in the MLS, but at least this season!" 

Asked if he would be interested in closing out his playing career in his native Germany, Schweinsteiger said: "Not to play football. I can rule that out."

Schweinsteiger is Major League Soccer's seventh highest-paid player, earning $5.4 million this season. The club and player have a mutual option to extend his contract through 2018.

 

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