Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire from football after the end of the current season. He's made more than 700 professional appearances over the course of that long career, and won, among other things, five Premier League titles. He still hopes to play a part in the run-in after recovering fully from a heart problem earlier in the season.
The club captain told a news conference on Monday: "There comes a time, whether you like it or you don't like it, that your body tells you it is time to stop playing football".
"It's fine, it's something you've got to accept so that is where I'm at".
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.
"Yes. It's kind of been sorted out", the midfielder stated whether he would be moving behind the scenes. "We're still talking about it to be honest so there is nothing to totally confirm yet but it's looking likely".
"I think it is quite refreshing to look at Scott and see how he deals with it", he said on the midfielder. At least I could decide and not be forced because of that, so I was determined to get back fit. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at".
"It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training", he added, quoted by Goal journalist Kris Voakes. "There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".