Man Utd eager to tie down Carrick to new deal

Manchester United hope to sign Michael Carrick to a new contract very shortly, the Daily Mirror has reported, in an effort to avoid the risk of losing the England midfielder on a free transfer next summer.

United have a policy of only offering one-year contract extensions to players over 30 and Carrick, 32, will see his existing deal expire next summer. He will have turned 33 by the time the 2014-15 season gets underway and is thought to want more security than the 12 month contract would offer.

The Mirror suggests that player and club will compromise on a one-year contract that includes the provision of a further year if Carrick plays a set number of games. Carrick has already notched up more than 300 appearances for United following his 2006 move to Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur, and manager David Moyes does not want to lose the playmaker.

Carrick began his career at West Ham, appearing more than 150 times for the Hammers, switching to White Hart Lane in 2004. Carrick also has 29 England caps, making his international bow as far back as 2001.

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