Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said that Bastian Schweinsteiger will not be going anywhere before his contract expires in 2012.
The Germany international has yet to commit himself to a new deal beyond 2012 and it has been rumoured that Bayern may sell him next summer should he not sign an extension rather risk losing him on a free transfer 12 months later. However, speaking at the club's Annual General Meeting last night, Rummenigge ruled out that eventuality and said he still hopes Schweinsteiger will pledge his long-term future to the club.
"We will not be letting the player go before his contract ends in 2012 in any case," he said. "Bastian has developed a great deal in the last two years and I am very optimistic that we and his agents can find an agreement. Our aim is to give Bastian a long-term contract."
Bastian has developed a great deal in the last two years and I am very optimistic that we and his agents can find an agreement.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Bastian Schweinsteiger
Rummenigge's words were met with resounding applause from the members present at last night's AGM. After tying Philipp Lahm down to a new long-term contract recently and with Thomas Muller showing his commitment to the club, Schweinsteiger is the last remaining home-grown talent that still needs to make up his mind about his future.
President Uli Hoeness has called for results on the field to start matching those off it after announcing a profit at the AGM. The Bavarians made a surplus of €2.9 million after tax to take their own capital up to €206.4 million and leave them in a very healthy position. On the field, however, Bayern trail the league leaders Borussia Dortmund by 14 points with three games still to go until the midway stage of the season and Hoeness has told the squad to raise their game and "fight to the bitter end".
"We have got to get into the Champions League, no matter what," he said. "Let us not forget that the final in 2012 takes place in the Allianz Arena and we have got to be there. I appeal to you all not to give up. Bayern Munich must fight to the bitter end and then we will see what comes out of it."