Michael Carrick has no intentions to leave Manchester United, despite interest from Leicester, West Brom and Aston Villa, according to a report.
The veteran midfielder has played only once this season – the Carabao Cup win over Burton in September – but the former Spurs man is not looking to move on.
Leicester, West Brom and Aston Villa have enquired about the 36-year-old, but ESPN quote “sources close to the player” – otherwise known as his agent – and suggest Carrick is happy to see out the 12-month deal he signed in the summer.
The report also claims Jose Mourinho is happy for Carrick, who has been sidelined with a calf problem for over a month, to remain at Old Trafford.
His first-team chances are remote with Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera all ahead of him in the pecking order, but his experience is crucial to Mourinho around the club.
Carrick will also be keen to continue coaching United’s under-14s as he looks gain the relevant coaching qualifications to pursue that avenue when he does finally retire.
Sir Alex Ferguson backed Carrick’s plans to move into coaching in the summer.
“I know about that and I spoke to Michael about it,” Sir Alex told MUTV in June. “I encouraged all the players to do that [to work with young players] and most have done it. It’s really important.
“A lot of players don’t do anything in the afternoon after training. They go home and sit in the house, watching television or whatever. But I think they should take a keen interest in the game.”