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Michael Carrick considering Man United exit over no new deal - sources

Michael Carrick is considering moving abroad over fears he will not be offered a new deal at Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC.

Carrick, 34, has a deal at United which expires this summer and the club have yet to open talks over a contract extension at Old Trafford.

The midfielder has been a key member of the United side since joining from Tottenham in 2006, winning five Premier League titles and one Champions League, but has struggled to hold down a first-team place with the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer increasing competition for places.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, and Michael Carrick have combined to make Man United's defensive midfield one of the tightest in the league.
Michael Carrick (right) has started 14 games in the Premier League for Manchester United this season.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the delay in contract talks with United has alerted a number of Premier League clubs to Carrick's possible availability on a free transfer at the end of the season and some are actively monitoring his situation.

However, sources also said that Carrick is willing to consider offers outside Europe with Major League Soccer clubs and sides from the Middle East also showing interest in signing him.

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