Bastian closing on decision

Bayern ace set to decide future before Christmas

Schweinsteiger: Set to decide future

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Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger is close to making a decision on where his future lies.

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The playmaker, who has previously been linked to Manchester United, is out of contract in June 2012 and has yet to commit to the German champions.

He expects to decide his future once the winter break begins just before Christmas and a major influence in his decision-making is a desire for UEFA Champions League success.

"My goal is to win the Champions League and I've always said that I can do that at other clubs," Schweinsteiger told German television channel Sport1.

If Schweinsteiger does decide his future lies elsewhere, Bayern may consider selling him at the end of the season, rather than risk losing him on a free transfer.

But, on the positive side, the 26-year-old believes Bayern are heading in the right direction under current boss Louis van Gaal, who took the club to the Champions League final last season and won the domestic double.

Leaning

He added: "Yes, I am leaning towards a decision (about my future).

"Bayern's footballing skills have developed greatly in the last year, which was nice to see."

Regarding Van Gaal, he added: "Last season, we have seen how far he can bring on a team.

"I hope he stays at Bayern for a long time. He works well with the club."

Bayern have already extended the contract of defender Philipp Lahm until 2016 and the German giants are hoping to offer Schweinsteiger a similar deal.