Michael Carrick confirms he will retire at the end of the season

Michael Carrick

Carrick underwent a procedure earlier in the season to treat an irregular heart rhythm.

"I think it's pretty much already been said", Carrick told his pre-match press conference. "To be honest with you".

The former England global stated that he is likely to next assume a first-team coaching role at Manchester United following the end of his playing career.

"There comes a time, whether you like it or you don't like it, that your body tells you it is time to stop playing football. It's something that you have got to accept".

The 36-year-old was handed the captain's armband last summer after the exit of Wayne Rooney but has only made three starts in all competitions this season.

The the 36-year old former England global, made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalists ahead of his teams Champions league second half clash against Sevilla.


He added: "It's kind of been sorted out, but we're still talking about it so there is nothing to totally confirm yet. But it's looking likely, yes".

The classy playmaker arrived at the club from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006 and was awarded a testimonial past year, in recognition of his magnificent service to the Reds. Hopefully I can get some game time and I am still enjoying training.

He also made a further 139 and 73 appearances for West Ham and Tottenham respectively, establishing himself as one of England's best midfielders since the turn of the century.

"So, I was determined to get back fit. I've been training hard and we'll see what happens for the rest of the season", said Carrick.

"I understood I'd be getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as probably I might have done, but that's something that I understood".

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