BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER has urged Zlatan Ibrahimovic to join him in the MLS.
The German left Manchester United for Chicago Fire in March due to a lack of game time under Jose Mourinho.
Ibrahimovic’s Old Trafford deal expires this summer, and a devastating ACL injury means he is unlikely to extend his stay.
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Los Angeles FC is one American team to be linked with the 35-year-old Swedish striker.
Asked whether his old team-mate should cross the pond, Schweinsteiger said: “Definitely. Players like him are certainly very important in a league like MLS. He’s a very professional sportsman and really gives you a lot of quality on the field.
“He may be [a bit eccentric] and sometimes I think he does it on purpose, but as a footballer, he’s really one of the best I’ve ever played with. He’s got a really, really good eye and that really impressed me.”
Schweinsteiger, 32, has scored twice in four appearances for the Fire.
And the former Bayern Munich star has revealed Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer - who enjoyed a stint at New York Cosmos - was the reason behind his move.
Schweinsteiger told SPORT1: "I had always followed MLS and I had spoken with Beckenbauer about football in America.
"He told me that this is where he had the best time [of his career] and that made me a bit curious."