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.
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.
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.