Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is said to have impressed manager Jose Mourinho this season, so much so that he will offer the England international a new contract at the end of the season, that will see him operate as a player-coach.
Thirty five year old Carrick has appeared for the club over three hundred times since his move to Old Trafford in 2006, and has attracted some of the biggest names in recent Manchester United history for his testimonial that is set to take place next month.
With his current contract set to expire at the end of the season, some had expected that he would be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer. However, The Sun today reports that Jose Mourinho has been impressed with his performances both on and off of the pitch and wants to keep him around.
Carrick is set to be offered a deal that will still see him as part of the Manchester United playing squad, but will additionally see him as a coach to the under 23 squad.
With a long list of names being linked with the club and a busy summer transfer window expected, this would be a wise move from Mourinho, which would keep a player who knows about the importance of playing for Manchester United, and allow him to pass that on to the next generation.