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.”
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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."