The Manchester United midfielder is being linked with a free transfer to Newcastle United but the former would be crazy to let that happen.
The 34-year-old has just a few months left on his current deal and as yet there are no signs that United will extend it. But manager Louis van Gaal would be crazy not to keep the England international at the club and Newcastle can surely forget about signing him, despite the recent rumours to the contrary.
Carrick remains an integral part of United’s squad and he has at least another season or two left at the top of his game.
The midfielder has never been blessed with pace so getting older should not affect him the way it does many other players.
Indeed, Carrick’s recent return to the United starting line-up has coincided with an upturn in form and ask any of the Old Trafford faithful about the midfielder’s influence on the team and you will realise he simply cannot be allowed to leave.
Bastian Schweinsteiger remains an injury concern and he is not exactly a spring chicken himself, while Marouane Fellaini is rarely the answer regardless of the question. So while the focus is currently on what is happening on the field, do not be surprise to see Carrick swiftly offered a new deal come May…if not before.
Newcastle could certainly do with a player of Carrick’s quality but then so could many sides in the Premier League; and for that very reason United will surely keep him on board.