Michael Carrick dropped a massive hint about his future saying he will consider retiring should his Manchester United contract is not extended at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old Englishman has been granted a testimonial by the Old Trafford hierarchy but says he doesn’t “think there are many places I’d want to play, if any, after this”.
Carrick happens to be the second-longest serving player at Manchester United behind Wayne Rooney and his 11 years with the Red Devils will be marked on June 4 by the testimonial match, which will raise money for his charitable foundation.
The midfielder’s contract ends in the summer and, despite being a key contributor at United still today, Carrick claims there have been no such talks till now regarding a new deal.
Asked if he had discussed the matter with manager Jose Mourinho, Carrick said: “I haven’t really had that much of a conversation with him at the moment.
“Obviously that will happen. It’s going to happen at some stage, pretty soon I’d have thought. That’s something I’m really relaxed about. I’m sure he is as well.”
When asked how long he thought he would play for, Carrick said: “I’ve said for some time now, as long as I feel I can contribute enough, that’s fine by me.
“I understand I am not going to play every game. I haven’t really got a problem with that. I need to be playing enough. I don’t want to be here just for the sake of ‘you’ve been here so long, let’s keep you on board’. I wouldn’t want to do that.
“It almost depends on how long I’m here. I don’t think there are many places I’d want to play, if any, after this anyway.”
Asked if he might decide to retire if no extension was forthcoming, Carrick replied: “I probably would say so, yes. I think so.
“I couldn’t say definitely but pretty much.”