Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly pushing for club chiefs to offer a new one-year contract to veteran midfielder Michael Carrick.
The former England international has impressed Mourinho with his performances of late, despite not always being a first-team regular for much of the first half of the season.
United’s form has, however, picked up since Carrick has been used more, and Mourinho is known to have always been a big fan of his throughout his career.
The 35-year-old, 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 former Tottenham and West Ham man is no longer at the peak of his powers, but remains valuable due to his experience and ball-playing qualities in the middle of the park.
According to The Sun, Mourinho wants Carrick around for another year and has asked senior figures at Old Trafford to extend his £80,000-a-week deal.
This may not be the big-name signing some United fans are craving, but the Red Devils also look to have some ambitious plans to sign Antoine Griezmann next summer, while Victor Lindelof’s transfer looks increasingly imminent.