Michael Carrick has signed a contract extension at Manchester United, a chief executive who tried to sign him has suggested.
Perth Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos has conceded defeat in his attempt to acquire the experienced midfielder because he understands that Carrick has agreed to stay at Old Trafford.
Carrick is close friends with Glory captain Richard Garcia, who played with the England international at West Ham United and was best man at his wedding, according to Sky Sports.
The Australian side tried to use that relationship as leverage to bring Carrick to the A-League, but Filopoulos has let slip that the 34-year-old’s future has already been decided.
“It was a long shot opportunity due to Richard Garcia’s relationship with Michael,” Filopoulos told FourFourTwo.
“Perth was an option for Michael Carrick as he was going through what he was going to do in his career had he not landed a new signature with Manchester United.
“We understand he’s now secured an extension with Manchester United so that’s off the table. It’s certainly was an option to him and his family for lifestyle reasons.”
It was previously thought that the 34-year-old might leave United on a free transfer this summer, but the appointment of Jose Mourinho may have swung things in Carrick’s favour.
The 10-year Red Devils veteran has made 421 appearances for United, winning five Premier League trophies, the Champions League, two League Cups and last season’s FA Cup.
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