Bayern back Bastian

Midfielder tipped to return to form

Schweinsteiger: Out of form

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Out-of-sorts Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been given the full backing of club executive chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Germany international has been struggling for form all season and has currently lost his place in Bayern's starting line-up.

However, rumours that the record Bundesliga champions are looking to offload the 23-year-old at the end of the season have now been sharply refuted by Rummenigge.


"We are very much interested in keeping him here and will start talking to him about that when the time comes," Rummenigge told tz.

"We haven't had any sort of change of mind and completely trust in Bastian's ability.

"We have a contract with him until 2009, we are prepared to be patient and we will support him. We shouldn't forget that he has learned his trade here with us. He is a Bavarian and has all the prerequisites to be successful."

Schweinsteiger's position is, however, unlikely to improve following the arrival of Tim Borowksi from Werder Bremen in the summer and Sevilla are reportedly monitoring his situation at the Allianz Arena.