12 Mar, 17:30
Manchester United midfielder and captain Michael Carrick has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the current season.
Carrick, 36, has played 463 times for United since joining from Tottenham for £18m in 2006 and won 34 England caps. He is one of just seven players in the squad to have won the Premier League title with his experience still viewed as crucial by Jose Mourinho. Carrick has been restricted to four starts this season due to irregular heart rhythm.
“There comes a time when as much as you don’t like, it’s time to stop playing football. That’s pretty much where I am at. It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training. I’m clear now, it took a bit of time to get over. There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that," Carrick said.
He has also hinted on joining the coaching role at the twenty times English Premier League champions under Jose Mourinho.
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