Michael Carrick has spoken out about his impending retirement at Manchester United, insisting he was relaxed about the situation.
The midfielder, now 35, was handed a one-year contract extension by Jose Mourinho over the summer.
It was reported last month that, following a string of sensational performances from Carrick this season, Mourinho was keen to offer the Englishman another one-year extension.
Carrick, speaking to the Daily Mail, took a relaxed stance on the prospect of retirement.
“It is not something I am looking to do at the minute – it would be very difficult to play somewhere else,” he said.
“Everyone is different. It depends on circumstance. It depends on a lot of things.
“I have said all along, I am relaxed about it (his future at United). It depends if I am playing and if I am playing well enough, if I feel I can contribute, if the manager feels I can contribute. There are a lot of things to be decided. I am quite relaxed.”
The Premier League is not a place for 35-year-old midfielders. I mean, how many central midfielders above the age of, say, 32 excel in perhaps the fastest, most brutal league in the world?
Then again, Man United fans know that Carrick is a special case. His intelligence on the pitch has only improved down the years, and while his capacity to cover long distances is somewhat limited, his ability to dominate games without needing to charge across the pitch has rapidly grown.
United’s record with Carrick in the starting XI this season illustrates his sheer brilliance at the base of midfield: nine games, eight wins. Mourinho’s men have scored three or more goals on seven occasions this season, and Carrick has featured in six of those. Supporters will hope that the 35-year-old doesn’t start thinking about hanging up his boots any time soon.