Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick confirms retirement from football

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday

The former England international made the announcement at his press conference on Monday

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire from football after the end of the current season.

A graduate of West Ham's youth academy alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand, Carrick went on to win five Premier League titles under Alex Ferguson.

Carrick, who was capped 34 times by England, underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heart rhythm, having initially felt unwell during the EFL Cup win over Burton Albion last September.

"I think it's pretty much already been said, to be honest with you", he replied when asked whether he was retiring. It's something you have to accept. "That's where I'm at".

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, yeah".

The 21-year-old has managed to solidify a place in Mourinho's starting XI which has seen him called up for the Scotland senior squad for the games against Costa Rica and Hungary, and Carrick stated that the young Scotsman is on a "great track" to achieve a great professional career.

While he's not officially said yes, the classy midfielder seems to be inclined to taking up Mourinho on the offer and an announcement is likely to be made in the summer regarding his future at the club.

'Great teammate and one of the best I've played with. "And how you are coping, your body language, mentality. There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".

'I got back fit and I wanted to finish on my own terms really. I understood after getting back fit that I wouldn't be playing as many games as perhaps I might have done, but that's something that I understood.