Manchester United transfer news: Red Devils confirm Bastian Schweinsteiger's move to MLS side Chicago Fire

Bastian Schweinsteiger has been released by Manchester United and the midfielder will join Major League Soccer side.

Bastian Schweinsteiger
Schweinsteiger earlier admitted Manchester United would be his last club in Europe Reuters

Manchester United have confirmed their midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has left the club in order to join Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.

A statement on United's official website read, "Bastian Schweinsteiger is to join Chicago Fire as a deal has been agreed with Manchester United and the player."

"The 32-year-old German midfielder's move to MLS is subject to a medical and a visa being obtained but Chicago are keen to finalise a swift transfer. Everybody at United would like to wish Bastian the very best of luck in his new career in the United States."

The World Cup winner with Germany left Bayern Munich and made a switch to Old Trafford in the summer of 2015. After making 18 appearances in his first season under Louis van Gaal, he was a part of the Red Devils' FA Cup winning side.

However, the Dutchman was replaced by Jose Mourinho and Schweinsteiger was initially not included in the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager's plans at Old Trafford. Schweinsteiger was later recalled and made his first start of the season in United's EFL Cup win over West Ham United.

His last appearance came during United's 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne in the Europa League round of 32 clash. Schweinsteiger told United's official website that he is "sad" to leave so many friends behind at the club and also hailed the club's fans for their support throughout his time at Old Trafford.

"I am sad to leave so many friends at Manchester United. But I am grateful to the club for allowing me the chance to take up the challenge at Chicago Fire," the former Bayern Munich star said.

"I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time in Manchester.

"I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it."