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Bastian Schweinsteiger had bizarre clause in his Manchester United contract penalising him for speaking out, claims ‘Football Leaks’ book

German star, now with Chicago Fire, allegedly agreed to forfeit around £290k if he made media comments about his manager

GERMAN star Bastian Schweinsteiger may have had nearly 300,000 reasons for keeping quiet after being banished into the Manchester United wilderness.

According to the book ‘Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football’, the former Bayern midfielder agreed a bizarre clause as part of his £7,548,357-a-year Old Trafford contract.

Bastian Schweinsteiger reportedly had a bizarre clause in his contract, meaning he would have to pay out if he spoke out

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Bastian Schweinsteiger reportedly had a bizarre clause in his contract, meaning he would have to pay out if he spoke out

The German book, based on documents from the tranche of material uncovered by the Football Leaks  consortium, claims his 29-page contract included  behaviour clauses.


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It is suggested that Schweinsteiger agreed to forfeit two weeks’ wages — around £290,000 — if he made any media comments about his manager.

The alleged deal was signed when he joined to play for Louis van Gaal but also bound him from speaking out when he was dropped from the first-team squad by new boss Jose Mourinho at the start of this season.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has still not commented on Jose Mourinho after leaving for Chicago Fire

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has still not commented on Jose Mourinho after leaving for Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger struts his stuff on fashion catwalk

Former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger exited for Chicago Fire in January

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Former Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger exited for Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire main man Bastian Schweinsteiger throws the first pitch for the Chicago Cubs

Bastian Schweinsteiger was frozen out of Man Utd but reported;y had a clause discouraging him from making media comments about the Old Trafford manager

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Bastian Schweinsteiger was frozen out of Man Utd but reportedly had a clause discouraging him from making media comments about the Old Trafford manager

United have dismissed the claims as untrue and the 32-year-old has still resisted criticising Mourinho or the club despite his January departure to Chicago Fire in the MLS.