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Man United-bound Schweinsteiger a Bayern Munich legend - Heynckes

Bastian Schweinsteiger should be remembered by Bayern Munich in the same way as club legends Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller, according to former coach Juup Heynckes.

Schweinsteiger, 30, will leave Bayern and complete a move to Manchester United this week after the two clubs agreed terms over a transfer at the weekend.

He was Bayern's vice-captain in Heynckes' final season, when he led the club to a Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble in 2013.

The current Germany captain won 18 titles in 17 years with the Bavarian giants. And Heynckes believes the midfielder deserves to be compared favourably with his former international teammates Beckenbauer and Muller, who starred for Bayern in the 1960s and 70s.

"Particularly for Bayern fans, Bastian is an icon and a role model," Heynckes told kicker. "Bastian Schweinsteiger should be spoken about in the same breath as Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller. The Bundesliga and German football will miss him."

Heynckes, who retired from football two years ago after stepping down as Bayern manager, says the German champions will struggle to replace a player who featured in 342 Bundesliga matches.

"Bastian was the heart and soul of the club," Heynckes added. "He did everything for the team, not for himself."

Current Bayern coach Pep Guardiola has also paid a glowing tribute to Schweinsteiger.

Bastian Schweinsteiger has only ever played for Bayern Munich.

"It was his personal decision," the Spaniard said. "We talked before the season... he absolutely wanted to try this experience.

"Thank you so, so much for everything -- it was a great, great privilege to be his coach."

Germany manager Joachim Low named Schweinsteiger as captain once Philipp Lahm retired from international football after last summer's World Cup win in Brazil. Low is "convinced" that a change of scenery would do Schweinsteiger good.

"He'll face the new challenge in England the way we know him -- with dedication and a high level of motivation," Low said

"I expect it will also give him a further boost and incentive in view of the [2016] European Championship in France, where we'll be relying on him and where he should lead the national team.

"For Bayern and the Bundesliga, his departure is without question a loss."


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