Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger has said he is close to making a decsion about his future, but has yet to commit to the German champions and admits he is eager for UEFA Champions League success.
The 26-year-old is out of contract with Munich in June 2012, but if he fails to sign an extension in the winter break, Bayern may consider selling him at the end of the season, rather than risk losing him on a free transfer.
"Yes, I am leaning towards a decision," Schweinsteiger said in an interview with German television channel Sport1. "Bayern's footballing skills have developed greatly in the last year, which was nice to see."
Schweinsteiger also praised Dutch coach Louis van Gaal who led Bayern to the Champions League final, which they lost 2-0 to Inter Milan, and won the domestic league and cup double.
"Last season, we have seen how far he can bring on a team," said Schweinsteiger. "I hope he stays at Bayern for a long time. He works well with the club."
But Schweinsteiger has said he will only decide his future once the winter break begins just before Christmas and is prepared to quit Bayern to win more European silverware.
"My goal is to win the Champions League and I've always said that I can do that at other clubs," he said.
Bayern Munich have already extended the contract of Germany defender Philipp Lahm until 2016 and the German giants are hoping to offer Schweinsteiger a similar deal.