Manchester United midfielder has been frozen out
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says it will be "very difficult" for Bastian Schweinsteiger to force his way into his plans at the club.
The former Germany captain announced this week that he would not leave United to play for another European side.
But Mourinho has again emphasised that the midfielder is not part of his plans.
"He has spoken to me,' said Mourinho.
"I cannot answer for him. It's his life, his career. He has a contract with Man United and a right to make that decision and stay. So that's not a problem for us. Football is made of decisions. I knew that all my career, not just me, everyone does. Some players react in a different way and have different kinds of decisions.
"To be honest, Bastian is not speaking a lot. He gave his last statement which he is completely free to do in an objective and polite way. But I think it is very difficult for him [to play]. I'm not saying it's impossible. I'm saying it's very difficult."