Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has confirmed that he will retire from professional football at the end of the season, bringing an end to a playing career that has lasted over 19 years.


"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. "That's pretty much where I am at."

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The former England international came through the ranks at West Ham before securing a £3.5m move to ​Tottenham in 2004. Carrick's outstanding two-year spell in north London earned him a move to Manchester United, his club for the last 12 years, for £25m.


Carrick's retirement could also been linked to a heart problem that the 36-year-old has been battling, with the midfielder claiming it flared up once again during a Carabao Cup match earlier this season.


"It started in the ​Burton game and then happened again in training," he added, quoted by Goal journalist Kris Voakes. "I'm clear now, it took a bit of time to get over. There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that."


Carrick made 463 appearances for ​Manchester United throughout his career, winning 18 honours with the club. 


He also made a further 139 and 73 appearances for ​West Ham and Tottenham respectively, establishing himself as one of England's best midfielders since the turn of the century.

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