Rafa Benitez is quite a draw it seems and Newcastle has apparently persuaded Michael to join his home town club Newcastle United before Jose Mourinho stepped in and ordered Manchester United to give Michael a contract extension to keep him on board.
Michael signed his contract extension of one year on 9th June.
But of course the strange thing is that Mourinho didn’t use Carrick in the first team until last night’s 3-1 Cup win at Northampton Town and Michael scored a fabulous goal to put the Red Devils 1-0 ahead in that game.
Michael Carrick – close to joining Newcastle in the summer
The news is in the Mail and Michael was due to sign on at Newcastle as a free agent and we can only assume that Newcastle agreed to meet what would have been Michael’s high wages.
Michael was born in Wallsend and played for the famous Wallsend Boys club and he also played for England Boys Clubs before he joined West Ham in 1997 and went to play for the England U-18 and U21 Youth sides and he has 34 full caps for England.
He stayed at West Ham until 2004 when he joined Tottenham for a couple of years before he signed on at Manchester United in 2006 – he’s played 423 times for the Red Devils with 24 goals.
Michael is 35 and he has a one year extension to his contract so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Benitez could offer him a deal at Newcastle next summer – Michael turns 36 in July – depending on Newcastle’s situation at that time.
He would have been a tremendous signing for us in the summer and is one of a number of potential signings that got away – so to speak.