Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced football retirement at the end of the Premier League season 2017/2018.
The former Tottenham star joined United in 2006 with a transfer fee amounting to £18 million. Carrick has played 463 times throughout his stay at Old Trafford.
In a press conference on Monday, the 36-year-old said: “There comes a time when as much as you don’t like it, it’s time to stop playing football. That’s pretty much where I am at.”
But despite putting an end to his playing career soon, a move into coaching at United was “looking likely.”
Club manager Jose Mourinho said that he would be glad to have Carrick on board in a non-playing capacity.
Back in November, the Man Utd star can be recalled to have undergone a procedure to treat an irregular heart rhythm.
Carrick felt something was physically wrong with him after participating in a match against Burton in the Carabao Cup in September of last year.
Following the operation Carrick previously stated that he’s doing fine but pondered: “After the heart issue, I had two or three days thinking ‘am I going to carry on?’ I got back fit and wanted to finish on my own terms.
“I need to keep myself fit and ready. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training. I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at.”
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