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Manchester United midfielder Carrick to retire

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Kristopher Love | 12 March, 2018, 19:37

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

As a result of his heart condition he has been limited to just four appearances this season under #Jose Mourinho.

"It's fine, it's something you've got to accept so that is 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". Despite these global appearances, the midfielder has only made one appearance at a major tournament for England, often being overlooked in favour of the likes of Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.

Carrick has played three times since, with United winning each game without conceding a goal. "That is where I am at", said the midfielder. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit.

"I'm clear now, it took a bit of time to get over".

Carrick still hopes to play a part for Jose Mourinho's side in the remainder of the season, fully recovered from the heart issue.

"I understood that I wouldn't be playing as many games, but I've been training hard and trying to keep fit". Carrick's outstanding two-year spell in north London earned him a move to Manchester United, his club for the last 12 years, for £25m.

The classy playmaker arrived at the club from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2006 and was awarded a testimonial a year ago, in recognition of his magnificent service to the Reds.