Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick to call time on career

David Cooper 12/03/2018
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Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season and join Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff.

The 36-year-old is the longest-serving player at Old Trafford, having joined from Tottenham in 2006 and gone onto win the Champions League and five Premier League titles, among many other trophies.

Carrick, capped 34 times by England, has looked likely to leave United in recent summers only to pen extensions at a club that rewarded his fine service with a testimonial last year.

The 36-year-old was handed the captain’s armband last summer after the exit of Wayne Rooney but has only made three starts in all competitions this season.

It has long been expected that Carrick would hang up his boots at the end of the campaign – something the veteran confirmed on Monday, along with his intention to take up manager Mourinho’s offer to join the coaching staff.

“There comes a time when as much as you like it or don’t like it, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football,” the 36-year-old said.

“So that’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine. It’s something you’ve got to accept so that’s where I am at.

“It’s kind of been sorted out (for a coaching role). We’re still talking about it, to be honest, so there’s nothing to totally confirm as yet.

“But, yeah, it’s looking likely.”

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Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has received his first Scotland call-up.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay was one of six players handed their maiden Scotland call-ups as manager Alex McLeish named the first squad of his second spell in charge.

McTominay, Barnsley striker Oli McBurnie, Wolves left-back Barry Douglas, Hearts goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin, Hibernian midfielder Dylan McGeouch and Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna are all included.

McLeish also selected three more uncapped players for the friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary later this month – Millwall goalkeeper Jordan Archer, Rangers winger Jamie Murphy and Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald.

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Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, perhaps unsurprisingly, has had the biggest increase in his estimated transfer value over the last six months.

According to CIES Football Observatory’s latest research, the Egyptian international has seen his transfer value increase from €88.1 million back in September 2017 to €162.8m – an increase of more than €74m.

Only players who did not change team or extend their contract between September and March have been included in the rankings put together by CIES, with the transfer value estimates based on an exclusive algorithm developed by the Football Observatory research team.

Fellow Premier League stars Ederson and Leroy Sane, both of Manchester City, complete the top three, with the goalkeeper’s value increasing by €74.4m and Sane’s rising by €63m since September.

A third Manchester City star, Gabriel Jesus, is at number five (+€53.1m), while Salah’s Liverpool team-mate Joe Gomez is in at number six, having seen his price rise by €48.3m.

Kylian Mbappe of PSG (+€54.7m) and Florian Thauvin of Marseille (+€38.4m) are the two Ligue 1 representatives in the top ten, while Barcelona’s Paulinho (+€42.4m) is the only man from La Liga.

Mohamed Salah leads the way

Mohamed Salah leads the way

Serie A also have one star in the top ten, with Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic seeing his value rise from €29.8m in September to €70.5m in March thanks to a string of fine performances.

The highest Bundesliga entrant is at number 12, with Dayot Upamecano of RB Leipzig seeing his value increase by €35.6m in the last six months.

To check out the full top 50, click here.

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