Schweinsteiger ready for Chicago Fire debut after first practice

Bastian Schweinsteiger has revealed that he did not get the chance to properly say goodbye to his Manchester United teammates before signing for Chicago Fire, after being introduced by the team on Wednesday and taking part in his first training.

The German’s move to the Major League Soccer club was officially confirmed by United on Wednesday afternoon after the formality of his visa had been resolved.

Schweinsteiger’s stay at Old Trafford ended last week after he agreed to join Chicago Fire on a one-year contract for a reported salary of US dollars $4.5million (£3.6m).

But so rushed was the deal, he revealed he did not have the opportunity to bid farewell to the United players, who were busy preparing for their Premier League game away at Middlesbrough.

Speaking to the press on his unveiling, Schweinsteiger said: “It was not so easy because the decision was a bit late so I couldn’t say a proper goodbye to the team.

“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.

“I had a great time there, especially with the teammates and the staff there, it was a good time and I enjoyed it there.”

Schweinsteiger could make his debut for Chicago Fire, who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, winning just seven of their 34 matches, this weekend when they face Montreal Impact at Toyota Park.

The 32-year-old said: “I am ready. I was preparing before I came here and, of course, I need some days more training but I feel I am ready whenever the coach needs me.

“I need more training sessions to have the right rhythm, where I want to see myself, but my head is more than 100 percent and I feel quite comfortable. The training session was pretty intense today and I could do it, so that was good.”

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