Carrick hopes to extend Man Utd contract

Michael Carrick is keen to sign a new Manchester United contract with the England international’s current deal to expire at the end of the season, Sky Sports has reported.

Carrick recently returned from a lengthy injury lay-off due to an ankle injury and was in the England squad for games against Slovenia and Scotland, pulling out after picking up a groin injury. He has returned to United in an effort to be fit for the post-internationals game against Arsenal and says he wants to remain at Old Trafford for the long-term.

“My contract is up at the end of the season. I want to stay, of course. I’ve got nowhere else to go,” Carrick said, adding talks on an extension are yet to start in earnest. “They have not really, not yet. But I haven’t expected (that) to be honest, with the injury. It will probably around Christmas or after that,” he explained.

Carrick moved to United from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2016 and the 33-year-old has made 360 appearances for the club, scoring 21 goals. Only a handful of Carrick’s games have come under Louis van Gaal, Carrick recalling the situation as the manager arrived after the World Cup.

“It was literally his first day in the office when I went for my operation, so that was shocking timing really,” he noted. “But he was great with me straight away, the boss. He has been great, and his staff.

“They have been really supportive from the first day and I have a lot to thank them for because he had a lot on his plate coming in. He took his time to make sure I was all right and getting on the right track.”

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