Manchester United captain, Michael Carrick has confirmed he will hang his boots at the end of the current season.
The 36-year-old midfielder has played sparingly for United this season, after a heart scare earlier this season.
Carrick returned to action last month, but has confirmed at the press conference ahead of Tuesday’s UCL clash with Sevilla, that he will be retiring at the end of the season.
“There comes a time when, as much as you don’t like, your body tells you it’s time to stop playing football,” he said.
“That’s pretty much where I’m at, which is fine.”
In January, United boss Jose Mourinho said he expected Carrick to retire at the end of 2017-18 and join the Old Trafford coaching staff – a move the player himself acknowledges as his likely next step.
“It’s kind of being sorted out, we’re still talking about it to be honest. But it’s looking likely, yeah.”
“It started in the Burton game and then happened again in training,” Carrick added, discussing his health problem.
“I’m clear now, it took a bit of time to get over. There were two or three times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that.
“I understood that I wouldn’t be playing as many games, but I’ve been training hard and trying to keep fit. I wanted to finish on my own terms.”