Michael Carrick has been told he will have to wait for a new Manchester United contract despite the fact his current deal expires in two months, reports The Sun.
The 34-year-old has been left in the dark with regards to his Old Trafford future despite the fact that he remains an important figure in the senior team.
Now, he has been told that club officials want to offer him a new deal but are unable to do so until they have sorted out the situation regarding Louis van Gaal.
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It is widely believed that the Dutchman will be sacked if he cannot guide Manchester United into the Champions League with Jose Mourinho the man tipped to replace him.
Opinion is split with regards to Van Gaal's future with some journalists believing his position is safe while others, including The Sun, believe he is set to leave regardless of where United finish.
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Van Gaal is a big fan of Carrick and seems likely that the veteran midfielder will stay if he does. However, Mourinho has shown a lack of respect for long-serving club legends in the past, allowing Frank Lampard to leave Chelsea during his last tenure at Stamford Bridge.
Intent on building his own Red Devils squad, Mourinho will want a say on whether he wants Carrick at the club or not and that may be why he has been told to wait. But how long will the former England international be willing to do so?
He has already been sounded out by clubs in the Chinese Super League, who will be able to offer him a huge boost to his pension fund. There has also been tentative interest from Newcastle United, although a move would appear unviable if the Magpies are relegated.
Ready to wait
But it seems Carrick is ready to wait for as long as it takes. Last month, he confirmed that he had yet to hear anything with regards to his future but said he was keen to see out his playing days in a red shirt.
Asked about his future Carrick told the Guardian: “I am not sure yet to be honest. I haven’t heard anything just at the moment, no. Hopefully [I will] sometime soon. I have been here a long time, I have had some great times here [since 2006] and I love the club. It’s a great place to play. Playing games like against City keeps you having that buzz and enthusiasm to play for longer.
“I am not making a big deal of it, to be honest. I will just have to wait and see what happens. I am quite relaxed about it.”