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Schweinsteiger aiming for the top with Bayern

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Bastian Schweinsteiger, a bubbly sort of chap by inclination, was never likely to lose his cheeky grin or stop making witty quips just because of the rigours of Bayern’s winter training camp in Dubai.

Indeed, “Schweini” has always been an easy-going, relaxed person. However, his current upbeat mood might have something to do with a crucial decision prior to the Christmas vacation, when he and the board agreed an extension to his current contract at the club. “I’m delighted with what I consider a very good decision. I’m really looking forward to the next three years here in Munich. The new contract is a good result for both sides,” he has now told