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Wayne Rooney hails arrival of 'fantastic' Schweinsteiger

By Robert Jones

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has insisted that signing German great Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich is a huge boost for the Old Trafford club.

Rooney is in upbeat mood for the new season following the arrival of Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin with the possibility of more to come.

The England striker can't wait to play alongside them all in the International Champions Cup in America.

He said: "Bastian is a very experienced player who has won everything in the game and it's great that he has chosen to join us and left a team like Bayern Munich to come here.

"And Morgan as well, it's great to see Bastian, him, Matteo and Memphis all come in and give the squad a boost.

"It's exciting times and I'm sure over the next week or two it'll be great for us to get some training sessions in and get to know each other's games.

"Bastian speaks very good English so that's a boost for the squad, too. He's a fantastic player, he's shown that over the years and it's great that we've got him.

"We had the day we first flew out when we first met Bastian and Morgan and they've settled in as well as they can do in a couple of days."

Last night at a press conference in America, Schweinsteiger outlined his desire to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford after being unveiled as a Manchester United player.

As well as the World Cup, Schweinsteiger has won the Champions League once and the Bundesliga eight times.

Now, the midfielder wants to win silverware with his new club.

"I am very happy to be here and to play for Man Utd," the German said.

"It is a big honour. It's a new step in my life. I want to win titles, it's easy. United are used to that. I am too, so that's my goal."

At the same press conference United boss Louis van Gaal admitted that he did not know if record signing Angel Di Maria would be at the club next season. Paris St Germain are interested in the winger. Van Gaal also revealed that the club plan to sell goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who is not on the pre-season tour.

Meanwhile reports in Spain have suggested that Real Madrid are offering United goalkeeper David de Gea €5m (£3.5m) if he stays at Old Trafford for another season and then signs for the Spanish club on a free transfer next summer after allowing his contract to run down.

Marca said an agreement had been reached which represented the equivalent of a year's salary at Real forfeited because he would not be there next season.

Real have topped Forbes' list of the world's most valuable sports teams for a third straight year with a value of £2.08bn, while United drop from third last year to fifth but remain England's most valuable club at £1.98bn.

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