Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick hasn’t been offered a contract extension so far and this could lead the veteran Englishman leaving Old Trafford this summer.
The England international’s current contract expires at the end of this season but Red Devils hierarchy have yet to decide his fate. This current situation has attracted Everton boss Roberto Martinez as he is interested in signing the United vice-captain on a free transfer this summer.
The 34-year-old is interested in staying at Old Trafford but United haven’t yet tabled an offer, according to the latest report from Daily Mirror.
Carrick has been a key player for Louis van Gaal this term, taking part in 34 games in all competitions.
England boss Roy Hodgson also regards the midfielder highly and believes his experience and consistency is a key reason for him to be involved in the international fold.
The Three Lions could well include Carrick in their Euro 2016 squad.
Several Premier League clubs are on high alert as are the Chinese Super League following the lack of a new contract being offered to the veteran midfielder.
Manchester United return to action later today when they take on title challengers Tottenham at White Hart Lane.
If it is Carrick’s last season he will be hoping to end on a high and finish in the top four for the Red Devils as well as winning the FA Cup. United will face West Ham on Wednesday for a sixth round replay in the competition.
Despite the summer signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin, Carrick still remains a key member of United squad this season. But that has not stopped the 34-year-old midfielder to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford at the end of this season, as both LA Galaxy and New York Red Bulls showed interest.
The former West Ham and Tottenham star will be out of contract at the end of this campaign and might decide to leave the Old Trafford on a free transfer.
He certainly dictates a profound effect on United’s play. While Schweinsteiger has been used to retain possession and wait patiently for an opening, van Gaal’s this squad do not have the attackers or make enough movement to play like that.
Carrick, on the other hand, always wants to start attacks with his first pass. The difference he creates is stark.
Even at 34, his passing stats have been as good as any of his team-mates this term. Moreover, he has been one of the few interested to pass the ball forward.
Manchester United have got a large reputation for looking after their older players. Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes were allowed to decide when they wanted to leave. So, too, was Gary Neville, although he made his decision in the toilets at West Brom.
Michael Carrick did not emerge through the academy like Giggs, Scholes, and Neville and was already 25 when he signed for the Red Devils from Tottenham in 2006. Still, he deserves the same courtesy.