Bastian Schweinsteiger has said that he has had an "incredible journey" during his 17 years with Bayern Munich as he closes in on a move to Manchester United.
The German international flew to Manchester today to undergo a medical with the Premier League side after they confirmed that a deal had been reached with the Bundesliga champions.
The midfielder said in a statement posted on his Twitter account: "Dear fans, after 17 incredible years at FC Bayern, 15 national titles, winning the historical triple and uncountable other highlights that I was fortunate enough to experience with my incredible team, all you exceptional fans and the co-workers at Sabener Strasse and Allianz Arena, I have decided to take a new career step.
"The decision was very hard to make because you and FCB have, are and will always be an extremely important part of my life. Nevertheless, I would like to again gain experience at a new club.
"My destination is Manchester United. I hope you understand my decision. No one can take away the incredible journey we had together."
Schweinsteiger has also won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup during his time with Bayern.