Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho thinks it is possible that Bastian Schweinsteiger could remain at Old Trafford until after the January transfer window.
The Germany international returned to first-team training early last month after being frozen out by new manager Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho explained that he had moved Schweinsteiger to train with the first-team to boost numbers and maintain his fitness.
And the future of the World Cup winner remains in doubt as he continues to be mentioned in weekly transfer speculation.
When questioned whether Schweinsteiger could be around after the January transfer window, Mourinho replied: “Of course he can. When you have a contract with the club you are the powerful one – you can decide your future.
“In the summer we tried to make something happen for Bastian to get a different future, but he was the powerful one and decided to stay, even in difficult circumstances. He worked for that and deserved the happiness of the last match… I like people who are determined.”
Mourinho thinks Schweinsteiger’s reintroduction has gone down well and hopes that the 32-year-old can “help” them progress.
“Everybody was happy as when he was not training with the team he did it with a professional way,” added Mourinho. “He was struggling, because it is not easy, but he managed to do that without getting injured. He was continually working for a month, so we saw this as a good opportunity for him to play a little bit… He is one who can help us.”