German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger’s departure from Manchester United to MLS club Chicago Fire was a disappointing end to his Premier League stint.
The Bayern Munich midfielder completed his move to America after being exiled at Old Trafford.
Mourinho reduced the player to United’s sidelines before the inevitable exit from the club.
But Mourinho admitted that he regretted the manner in which Schweinsteiger left.
“I don’t want to speak about him as a player, I don’t want to speak as I buy or not to buy. I want to speak about him as a professional, as a human being. The last thing I told him before he left ‘I was not right with you once, I have to be right with you now,” said Mourinho.
“So when he was asking me to let him leave I had to say ‘yes, you can leave’ because I did it once, I cannot do it twice. So I feel sorry for the first period with him, he knows that. I am happy that he knows because I told him.
“I will miss a good guy, a good professional, a good influence in training – a very good influence. I could not stop him to go even knowing that until the end of the season we have so many matches and we would probably need him for a few matches or a few periods. I had to let him go and now publicly wish him and his wife a very happy life in Chicago.”
Asked if he regrets the way he treated Schweinsteiger, Mourinho said: “Yeah, I do. He’s in the category of players that I feel sorry for something that I did to him.”
While Granit Xhaka hasn’t really had the kind of start he would have liked to his Arsenal career, things seem to be going well off the pitch at least!
Xhaka recently paid a visit to Shrek’s Adventure in central London, where he posed for a picture with his fiancee Leonita Lekaj, and of course Shrek alongside.
The picture was later posted on Instagram by the midfielder. (Below)
Xhaka has had disciplinary issues ever since his arrival at Arsenal, having developed a bad reputation of being red-carded for nasty tackles on the pitch.
In their Premier League clash against Manchester City though, Xhaka might be named in the starting line-up and well, he’ll surely have to do a lot more than posing you feel.
Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given us some great memories both on and off the football pitch – but now he wants something else: For us to smell good.
Ibrahimovic, who has recently revealed his wish to stay at Manchester United for another season, was in Cheshire at the launch of his own brand of aftershaves and fragrances.
“I want to do something and conquer, just like I do with football. I have been very involved from the start, I’m learning every day,” said Zlatan.
Well, now you can smell like Zlatan – will you follow the great Swede and “conquer”?
The 35-year-old added: “I would never do something that I don’t stand behind, it’s not to make money, I will still eat, I will still survive. It’s for a real challenge for me. My personality is in every drop.”
Oh yes, sir!