Mourinho delighted as Carrick signs United extension

Date published: Thursday 9th June 2016 3:14

Michael Carrick Manchester United

Jose Mourinho and Michael Carrick have spoken of their delight after the midfielder extended his stay at Manchester United.

Carrick, the second-longest serving player in the United first team, was expected by many to leave the club this summer, with his contract expiring.

Newcastle, Arsenal and a number of clubs from America and China were linked with a move for the 34-year-old, who has won 14 trophies in a decade at Old Trafford.

However, the midfielder signed a one-year extension to his current deal on Thursday, and new manager Mourinho was delighted at keeping the former England international at the club.

“Michael is a very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game,” Mourinho told United’s official website. “I am pleased that he will be extending his contract. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever.

“Michael has a wealth of experience from his many years at the club and that knowledge will be invaluable to me. I am really looking forward to working with him.”

Discussing his renewed terms, Carrick said: “This great club has been a part of my life for the past 10 years, so I am delighted that this incredible journey is continuing.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work under José Mourinho, who has achieved so much during his managerial career.

“I would like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Winning the FA Cup was a special moment and, hopefully, we can go on to win more trophies in the future.”

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