Michael Carrick has ruled out a move to any other English team if he leaves Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
He faces a big decision when he leaves Old Trafford, whether to hang up his boots or move on his career if Man United do not offer him a new contract at the end of the season.
The 35-year-old won his 10th major medal as a Man United player in Sunday’s EFL Cup final victory over Southampton at Wembley, and has been awarded a testimonial at Old Trafford on June 4.
He arrived at the club 11 years ago for £18.3 million from Tottenham Hotspur and has been discussing his situation in the side.
“I have had so many good times here that I couldn’t play anywhere else in England,” he said. “I must admit I would find it difficult to play anyone else in this country after playing here. I don’t think I could do that.
“I have always wanted to go out at the top, I have felt like that for quite some time now. I want to go out on my terms. That’s not me being selfish, I just want don’t want to go over the hill and fizzle away. I want to go out when I know it’s the right time, but it’s a tough balance to get, knowing that that is my lot.
“China? It is one of those questions that is popping up in everyone’s minds at the moment, but who knows? It’s a tough question. It depends what the options are and what’s right for the family and kids.”
It’s a shame because Jose Mourinho truly appreciates Carrick’s ability and publicly spoke about his love for the Englishman and the fact that he was upset by the thought of him having to retire soon.
Should he become a free agent this summer, there would be offers from China and the MLS, but after playing top flight football for as long as he can remember, his main priority will be his family.