Tottenham should re-sign £18.6m star Michael Carrick for free this summer

Why Tottenham Hotspur should re-sign Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick.

The future of midfielder Michael Carrick remains up in the air at Old Trafford, and former club Tottenham should pay attention.

The Sun reported last week Carrick is keen to quit the club when his contract expires in June, while The Mirror claim United are attempting to persuade him to renew for another year.

The main issues clouding Carrick's decision will be the uncertainty of manager Louis van Gaal, and the high possibility that United will miss out on Champions League football.

Second placed Tottenham are odds on to secure a top four place, and this is the main reason they should seek to bring back the veteran.

Carrick is 35 later this year, but remains a player of real talent, and is a Champions League winner.

If Tottenham are to succeed in next year's competition, signing players with European experience is a wise idea, and Carrick regardless of his age, would be a real asset.

He would not expect to be a regular starter, and he is the type of player young talents Eric Dier and Ryan Mason could hugely benefit from learning from for a season or two.

This summer will be 10 years since Carrick left Tottenham for United in a £18.6 million deal, and there can be no denying he left for greater success.

A decade on, a return to Spurs would see the England midfielder again joining a team 'on the up', and help them sustain their success by adding a mix of quality and experience to the squad which would allow them to maintain this season's form, under added pressure to repeat their feats.


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