Bastian Schweinsteiger has penned an open letter to Bayern Munich supporters after it was revealed he would be leaving his boyhood club for Manchester United.
The two clubs confirmed on Saturday the Germany international would be leaving the Allianz Arena to join the Red Devils in a deal worth around £12 million.
And Schweinsteiger, who won eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League title with the Bavarians, explained his decision to fans by claiming he wanted to experience life at a different club.
“Dear fans, after 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights that I was fortunate enough to experience with my incredible team, all you exceptional fans and the co-workers at Sabener Strasse and Allianz Arena, I have decided to take a new career step,” he wrote on his Twitter.
“This decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have, are and will always be an extremely important part of my life.
“Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club. My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision.
“No one can take away the incredible journey we had together. #MiaSanMia.”