Manchester United are reportedly yet to offer Michael Carrick a new contract, thus opening up the possibility of him leaving next summer.
Regardless of his advancing years, the 35-year-old remains a key figure for United as when he has featured in Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up so far this season, the team tends to produce a much-improved performance and secure a positive result.
However, that hasn’t sped up contract talks as Carrick’s current deal expires in the summer and no new terms have even been discussed as of yet, as per The Sun, with other clubs allowed to negotiate a pre-contract in January.
It won’t be anything new to the former West Ham United and Tottenham midfielder though, as he had to wait until very late on last summer before penning a new one-year deal with the Red Devils.
Nevertheless, The Sun go further and report that no talks are even scheduled with Carrick over a new deal, and so there has to be some concern from his side that a new offer is not forthcoming.
Having moved to Old Trafford in 2006, Carrick has gone on to win five Premier League titles, a Champions League and various other domestic cups as he has proven to be a wise addition.
That might not be enough to ensure he gets a new contract though, as it looks as though Mourinho may well be moving in a different direction or is merely going to wait until the end of the season before opening talks.
If it’s the latter, then as noted above, it’s a risky move as Carrick will be approached by other clubs in January and is able to agree on terms with them if he feels as though he won’t be given an opportunity to stay in Manchester.