Michael Carrick has agreed a new contract with Manchester United, according to Perth Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos.
Carrick was out of contract this summer and his future was unclear upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford.
Perth approached Carrick over a possible move as the 34-year-old has a close relationship with their captain and former West Ham team-mate Richard Garcia, who was the best man at his wedding, but Filopoulos conceded the deal won’t be happening.
“It was a long shot opportunity due to Richard Garcia’s relationship with Michael,” Filopoulos told FourFourTwo.
“Perth was an option for Michael Carrick as he was going through what he was going to do in his career had he not landed a new signature with Manchester United. We understand he’s now secured an extension with Manchester United so that’s off the table.
“It certainly was an option to him and his family for lifestyle reasons.”
Man United signed Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer in order to bolster their options in the middle of the park but Carrick still looked the most consistent and effective midfielder over the course of the 2015/16 campaign, even at 34.
Carrick certainly won’t play every week under Mourinho next season but his class is there for all to see and there is no doubt that he can make an impact if used in the right way.
And in any case, Carrick’s experience should prove invaluable as United look to get through the early stages of Mourinho’s tenure in Manchester.