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Schweinsteiger sends heartfelt message to Bayern fans

Bastian Schweinsteiger has expressed his thanks to Bayern Munich fans ahead of his move to Manchester United.

The Germany midfielder says it was tough to leave the German club, but his he hopes the supporters will accept his decision to depart.

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Bayern confirm Man United Schweinsteiger deal

Bastian Schweinsteiger is off to Old Trafford. Credit: PA

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed there is a deal in place to take Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United.

Manchester United have also confirmed they've agreed to sign the midfielder in principle.

Bayern had made clear their desire to keep the 30-year-old World Cup winner, who has spent his entire career with the club to date, but said they would not stand in his way if he wanted to leave.

In comments reported on the Bayern website, Rummenigge said he met with Schweinsteiger on Friday and the midfielder said he had decided to go.

"We have responded to this request," Rummenigge said. "My colleague from Manchester United has contacted me. We have agreed on a transfer."

Schweinsteiger 'flattered' by Man United interest

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed that Bastian Schweinsteiger is "flattered" by reported interest from Manchester United, and says he plans to hold talks with the Germany midfielder soon.

United boss Louis van Gaal is understood to be keen on signing the Germany captain this summer and Rummenigge says the rumours have pricked Schweinsteiger's ears.

Bastian Schweinsteiger could consider a move. Credit: PA

"I spoke to Bastian Schweinsteiger on the phone while on holiday and we're going to meet again when he's back," Rummenigge said at a press conference on Thursday.

"I'm not going to hide the fact that I discerned from these talks that he is flattered by the interest from England."

The 30-year-old has only a year left to run on his current contract with Bayern while talks over a new deal do not appear to be on the agenda. Schweinsteiger played under Van Gaal at Bayern, winning a Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal double, part of his collection of eight Bundesliga titles and seven domestic cup triumphs for the Bavarian club.

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Bayern snap up goalkeeper Ulreich from Stuttgart

Sven Ulreich has penned a three-year deal. Credit: PA

German champions Bayern Munich have signed goalkeeper Sven Ulreich from Stuttgart on a three-year deal.

The former Germany under-21 international will compete with Manuel Neuer and Pepe Reina for game time at the Allianz.

Spaniard Reina could depart Bayern now, though, with Napoli keen on signing the former Liverpool man.

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