Carrick extends Manchester United stay

Manchester United confirmed that midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2017.

The 34-year-old signed for the Red Devils in July 2006 from Tottenham Hotspur and has won five Premier League titles, as well as one FA Cup, one League Cup, one FIFA Club World Cup, and one UEFA Champions League title.

Speaking to Manchester United's official website, Carrick expressed his delight at being able to extend his stay amidst fears that newly-appointed manager Jose Mourinho might show the Englishman the exit door.

"This great club has been a part of my life for the past 10 years, so I am delighted that this incredible journey is continuing," Carrick told the club's official website.

"It’s great to have the opportunity to work under José Mourinho, who has achieved so much during his managerial career. I would like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Winning the FA Cup was a special moment and, hopefully, we can go on to win more trophies in the future."

Mourinho also expressed his delight at the player's decision to remain at the club – citing his intelligence and "wealth of experience" as "invaluable" factors.

"Michael is a very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game. I am pleased that he will be extending his contract," Mourinho said.

"His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever.

"Michael has a wealth of experience from his many years at the club and that knowledge will be invaluable to me. I am really looking forward to working with him."

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