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Bastian Schweinsteiger Fallout Denied by Bayern Munich Boss Pep Guardiola

Bastian Schweinsteiger's future at Bayern Munich is reportedly in doubt.
Bastian Schweinsteiger's future at Bayern Munich is reportedly in doubt.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 29, 2014

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has denied that he has fallen out with stalwart midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Catalan coach is quoted by Marca's Pepe Iniguez as saying: "There isn't any problem. He's been injured, but he's a great player." 

Schweinsteiger hasn't played for Bayern since Nov. 5, when they beat Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League, and has only made 10 Bundesliga appearances all season, per ESPN FC.

And, per German website TZ (h/t Paul Handler of the Manchester Evening News) former Bayern goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has claimed that the Germany international could leave the club with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United all reportedly interested in signing him.

ESPN has reported that another Bayern midfielder, Toni Kroos, is a primary target for United manager David Moyes, but should United fail to complete a deal for him, Schweinsteiger would make a more-than-able alternative.

Schweinsteiger, 29, is a real institution in Germany, and particularly Bayern, where he has spent over a decade in the first team, as well as reaching 100 appearances for the national team.

He would arrive at Old Trafford with the kind of pedigree needed too, having won six Bundesliga titles, six DFB Pokals and the Champions League.

His WhoScored.com profile also shows that when called upon he has put in a consistently good performance for Bayern this season.

However, Guardiola has an embarrassment of riches available to him at Bayern, especially in midfield, and it remains to be seen who has a future and who doesn't.

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is spoilt for choice at Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola is spoilt for choice at Bayern Munich.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The German champions are set to retain their domestic crown this season, and have the choice of Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Mario Goetze, Kroos and Schweinsteiger to consider in central midfield.

Guardiola's decision to reinvent Philipp Lahm as a holding midfielder complicates the matter even more.

There may be no falling out between Schweinsteiger and Guardiola, but the player could still find himself surplus to requirements at the Allianz Arena.

But for a player of his talent and experience, he will have no shortage of takers if he does become available for transfer.

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