Michael Carrick to consider retirement if no deal offered

The Man United midfielder's contract expires this summer.

Michael Carrick to consider retirement if no deal offered

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Man United midfielder Michael Carrick says he will consider retirement, unless a contract extension is offered to him.

Carrick, who is United's second-longest serving player behind Wayne Rooney, has revealed that he has not received any indication that his deal at Old Trafford will be renewed, although he hopes the situation will be settled 'in the not too distant future.'

After first arriving at United in 2006, Carrick has been granted a testimonial in June, in which a Manchester United 2008 team will face the Michael Carrick All-Stars.

The 35-year-old is currently on a one-year deal with the Premier League side, and he says he would not play for any other club when that deal comes to an end.

And if he can no longer represent Man United, Carrick admits that he would consider retiring.

"I probably would say so, yes. I think so. I couldn't say definitely but pretty much."

"I just can't picture myself playing for anyone else - certainly any other club in England."

Carrick has made just 22 appearances for United so far this season, but despite the lack of game time, he says he's keen to continue making a contribution where possible.

"I've said for some time now, as long as I feel I can contribute enough that's fine by me. I understand I am not going to play every game. I haven't really got a problem with that."

"I need to be playing enough. I don't want to be here just for the sake of 'you've been here so long, let's keep you on board.' I wouldn't want to do that."

"It almost depends on how long I'm here. I don't think there's many places I'd want to play, if any, after this anyway."