Does this confirm Michael Carrick is staying at Man Utd?
Australian side Perth Glory have given up their chase to sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, after being informed that the veteran midfielder has agreed a new one-year contract at Old Trafford.
MUTV pundit Paddy Crerand suggested Carrick had signed a new deal to stay with United last week, yet the club have refused to confirm that story in recent days as new boss Jose Mourinho assesses his options after succeeding Louis van Gaal as manager.
Now Perth Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos has revealed that his club have given up on their bid to sign 34-year-old Carrick, who appears to be set to extend his career at United by one more year.
“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,” stated Filopoulos, in quotes appearing on Sky Sports.
“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.”
This is one of the more unusual ways for a piece of United transfer news to be confirmed, but it seems to back up suggestions that Mourinho is keen to retain some senior figures at the club while he builds his new team.
Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would add to the experienced voices in the United dressing room if he completes his free transfer to Old Trafford in the coming days, while highly rated young Villarreal defender Eric Bailly is also being tipped to sign up for the Mourinho revolution in the coming days.