Former Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has heaped praise on Bastian Schweinsteiger following the announcement of the latter’s retirement from the game.
Schweinsteiger had a stellar career where he won almost every trophy a footballer could possibly win. From the World Cup to the Champions League, the German has won it all and after 535 matches for European clubs and 92 matches for Chicago Fire, he has bid farewell to the Beautiful Game.
Jupp Heynckes on Schweinsteiger: "He's a role model for young people in the country who aspire to become pro footballers. He's multilingual, I can imagine him working in management. But I wouldn't advise him to become a coach. As I know him, he will not do it" [Bild] pic.twitter.com/vm2VOKoR22— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) October 9, 2019
Speaking about him, his former mentor Heynckes, who won the treble at Bayern in 2013 with Schweinsteiger in the team, was full of praise for the World Cup winner, labelling him as a role model for aspiring footballers as he was someone who took the lead but also stayed humble.
“He was a model for his teammates, is a model for young people who want to become professional soccer players and can look up to a person who is authentic.
"Bastian always stayed grounded. Bastian was always someone who took the lead. For me, he was also a fellow thinker. We always discussed things,” he was quoted by Bavarian Football Works.
When asked whether Schweinsteiger should seek a coaching job, Heynckes advised him against it while also adding that Schweinsteiger wouldn’t want to do it anyway.
“I wouldn’t advise him to do that in the present day. And as far as I know him, he won’t do that.