Bastian Schweinsteiger receives special award in Germany as he closes in on Manchester United exit

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has received an ‘outstanding achievement’ award in Germany.

The midfielder looks certain to leave Manchester United after holding talks with MLS side Chicago Fire.

Schweinsteiger was exiled by boss Jose Mourinho but returned to training last month, having not featured under the United boss.

It is a real decline for the 32-year-old, who played a key role in his country’s World Cup success just two years ago.

Schweinsteiger also won eight German titles during his time with Bayern, and also guided the club to the Champions League.

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He is still highly-regarded in Germany and picked up the “Special jury” prize at the 2016 BAMBI awards ceremony for his achievements in club and international football.

“Bastian Schweinsteiger has won the hearts of the fans and become one of Germany’s best and most popular footballers”, said the BAMBI jury.

“His name symbolises sporting ambition and fair competition. He exudes both pure fighting spirit and a likeable, easy-going nature.”

Germany boss Joachim Low was also recognised at the ceremony for his work with his country.

Low received the “integration” prize, having reached a decade in charge.

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