Bastian Schweinsteiger has ruled out a move to any other European club before the end of the current transfer window, despite being deemed surplus to Jose Mourinho's requirements at Manchester United. The German legend may thus be seeking a move to the MLS or a big-money outfit in China or the UAE.
The 32-year-old switched to Old Trafford from Bayern Munich last summer at the request of former boss Louis Van Gaal. United reportedly paid around £7m ($8.2m) for his services, with the player committing his future to the club until 2018.
However, he failed to make the impact expected during his debut season in the Premier League, and Mourinho has since made it clear that the player has no part in his plans.
The World Cup winner didn't feature in any of United's pre-season games and has been left out of the opening two Premier League fixtures, against Bournemouth and Southampton, as well as the Community Shield victory over Leicester City.
He has been forced to train with the U23s during recent weeks, and reports suggest United could be ready to let him go for just £2m – a £5m loss only a year after his arrival from Bayern Munich.
But the German has now ruled out a move to another European club, despite being linked with the likes of Celtic, AC Milan, Juventus and even his old side Bayern.
With two more years on his contract at Old Trafford, he could be happy to run his deal down in Manchester or move to an emergent non-European league where they could match his current wages.
Schweinsteiger has made it clear in a message on his Twitter account that he will be ready to help United should Mourinho change his mind and give him a new chance to prove his worth.