Manchester United captain Michael Carrick's decision to hang up his boots after the end of the current season led the English midfielder to be feted by the who's who of world football, with former teammate and Red Devils legend Wayne Rooney leading the tributes.
The 36-year-old, who joined Manchester United from Tottenham Hotspur in 2006 for an £18m fee, became a mainstay in his side over the years and has a decorated trophy cabinet - winning five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and one Champions League trophy. Carrick has played a limited role for United this season after undergoing a routine heart procedure following a League Cup tie with Burton in September.
"There comes a time when as much as you don't like, it's time to stop playing football", Carrick confirmed, quoted by the Press Association's Simon Peach.
"So that's pretty much where I'm at, which is fine".
The 36-year-old said that a move into coaching at United was "looking likely". It's kind of been sorted out.
The the 36-year old former England global, made the disclosure while fielding questions from journalists ahead of his teams Champions league second half clash against Sevilla. The midfielder may stay at Old Trafford after the season as part of Jose Mourinho's coaching staff.
"So, I was determined to get back fit. That is where I am at", Carrick said, as reported by the BBC. "There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that". "I still see myself as a player - for now anyway - and I am still enjoying training and being out with the boys".
"With people like Scott (McTominay) and some of the younger boys, I'm just trying to help them adapt".