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Bayern Munich can cope without Schweinsteiger, says Sammer

Bastian Schweinsteiger's departure from Bayern Munich will be a blow but the club have the squad to cope, according to their sporting director Matthias Sammer.

Schweinsteiger, 30, is set to join Manchester United after scoring 66 goals in 500 matches for Bayern in all competitions.

However Sammer does not think that the reigning Bundesliga champions will have to spend big to make up for losing the Germany captain.

"Bastian is already an icon," Sammer told reporters, echoing the thoughts of former coach Juup Heynckes. "But we have in quality and quantity an excellent team with a very good and healthy age structure.

"We'll take our time to consider if there anything else to be done. You can't get a like-for-like replacement for Basti's personality but we have a very good structure and mix.

"I don't have the impression that we'll have to do something extraordinary [in the transfer market] again."

Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann has commended Schweinsteiger's courage in making the move to United, stressing that the easy option would have been to see out his contract and finish his career in America.

Hamann feels his former international teammate may have a point to prove to Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, as the Spaniard preferred to play Xabi Alonso in Schweinsteiger's usual midfield role.

Bastian Schweinsteiger made 500 appearances for Bayern Munich.

"He has opted for a new challenge," Hamann told Die Welt. "I think that he wants to show Bayern, or Pep, that he's not yet finished."

In a separate interview with Bild, the former Newcastle and Manchester City player said he expects Schweinsteiger to thrive in English football.

"He'll be welcomed with open arms," Hamann predicted. "People from England love German footballers, because they fight and you can rely on them.

"England is the right challenge. I'm sure he can challenge for the title with Manchester United and show Bayern what they no longer have."

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