Newcastle United are monitoring Michael Carrick‘s contract situation at Manchester United and are interested in a free transfer for the midfielder in the summer transfer window, according to The Times.
The 34-year-old has four months left on his contract and has allegedly been left in the dark over his future at Old Trafford.
When it comes to players over the age of 30, contract extensions at Man United are normally only one year in length but Carrick is yet to receive that offer.
Carrick is reportedly happy to wait for Louis van Gaal and won’t be forcing the issue in the manner of John Terry’s public stand off with Chelsea.
The Times go on to say Ryan Giggs has suggested the Englishman join the coaching staff should his contract not be extended and to me that sounds like an ace idea.
For years and years, Carrick was the unsung hero of United’s side but it is no coincidence that we went through our most successful years as a club after he joined in 2006. He was such a calming presence but was so often overlooked as a key part of a team which boasted some of the world’s best players.
Personally, I’d keep Carrick at the club for the time being. He’s shown in the last couple of games how influential he can still be if used correctly but if he was to hang up his boots, he’d be a superb coach for our youngsters.