Manchester United fans had been sweating over the future of Michael Carrick in recent weeks, as while it was clear that the club had offered him a one-year extension, there was no indication that the 34-year-old was definitely going to sign.
That now appears to be resolved as confirmations has come through that Carrick will remain at Old Trafford, but rather than coming from the club or from Carrick himself, the news was revealed by Perth Glory CEO Peter Filopoulos.
It seems that Perth Glory had hopes of luring Carrick to Australia due to his friendship with former West Ham player Richard Garcia who is currently playing for the A-League side, but speaking to FourFourTwo, Filipoulos spilled the beans as he explained why his hopes had been quashed.
It was a long shot opportunity due to Richard Garcia’s relationship with Michael.
Perth was an option for Michael Carrick as he was going through what he was going to do in his career had he not landed a new signature with Manchester United.
We understand he’s now secured an extension with Manchester United so that’s off the table.
This will no doubt be welcome news for Man United fans, as while Carrick's peak is unquestionably behind him, his experience is still extremely valuable to the many young players currently in the first-team squad.
We outlined the dangers of allowing Carrick to leave over two months ago when there had been a surprising lack of discussion over the England international's deal coming to an end, but now it appears that both parties are happy to go for another season, despite suggestions that Carrick may want to leave the club in order to guarantee first-time football in the latter stages of his career.
Carrick will now likely continue as United's vice-captain as Jose Mourinho begins is reign in charge at Old Trafford.