Manchester United have agreed to let midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger join Chicago Fire in the MLS.
A $4.5m deal between the clubs was agreed on Monday with the American side offering the former Germany captain £70,000 a week on a one-year contract.
Schweinsteiger told United’s official website he is sad to be leaving his friends but is looking forward to a new chapter in Chicago.
“I have enjoyed working with the manager, the players and the staff here and wish them all the best in the future. But I have to reserve a special thanks to the United fans – whose support has been a very special part of my time at Manchester.
“I was delighted to be part of the squad that won the FA Cup for them last season and will always remember their energy and their passion. Now is the right time for me to start a new chapter in Chicago and I am looking forward to it.”
Schweinsteiger, who joined United for £14.5m from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015, held talks with Fire last year but opted to stay at Old Trafford to fight for his place.
However, Chicago have requested that the former World Cup winner join them now.
As the 32-year-old was unlikely to play a significant part at United, following his freezing out of the team by Jose Mourinho, the Red Devils have sanctioned his exit.
“We’re adding someone who has won at every level, including the very highest levels, and has done so in a way that is consistent with our values,” said Fire manager Nelson Rodriguez.
Schweinsteiger will be hoping for a lot more first team football in the States with his last outing for United coming on as a substitute against Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on 22nd February.