Schweinsteiger eager to start MLS career

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic pose with their passports on their way to Chicago

Schweinsteiger says he opted to make the move to MLS as he sought a challenge that he believes he will get in Chicago.

The 32-year-old is set to be unveiled by the Major League Soccer side at a press conference tonight (1500 local time). I feel quite comfortable. "The training session was pretty intense today and I could do it, so that was good".

Bastian Schweinsteiger has left Manchester United to join MLS side Chicago Fire, and has done so leaving fond memories behind him despite playing very little football at all.

Schweinsteiger said his swift departure from the Premier League giants after just under two years with the club meant he was unable to say a proper goodbye to his Old Trafford teammates.

"But I wanted the focus on the team and the game and I am happy that they won. I had a great time there, especially with the teammates and the staff".

Schweinsteiger, who was mobbed by fans upon his arrival at Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday, will join the Fire as a designated player on one-year deal for a reported salary of USA dollars 4.5million (€4.2million).

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Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic had no issue predicting success for Schweinsteiger in MLS, however, revealing that he had already lifted the team in training.

"Obviously, he is going to be available".

His first press conference in the U.S. was held today, and it went well for the most part, with one excruciatingly awkward moment unfortunately popping up and going viral.

"But we still have a talk to have and discuss how he feels and more things about the team and how we want to play".

Let me re-phrase, do you think now that you're here, Bastian, that a World Cup goal for Chicago Fire is a realistic one?

Schweinsteiger chuckled before letting the Chicago Fire General Manager explain that the club won't be competing for the World Cup.

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