By Paul Clennam
Manchester United will hold contract talks with Michael Carrick in the next fortnight.
Carrick's current deal, worth £85,000 (€100,000) per week, expires next summer but he is keen to end his career at Old Trafford.
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The Premier League champions are keen to resolve the immediate future of their midfield cornerstone, but they are not willing to make too long a commitment given that he will be 33 next summer.
Several of Carrick's team-mates, including Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs, are also out of contract at the end of this season.
However, Ferdinand is unlikely to extend his stay and is eyeing a move to MLS, while Evra is set to move back to France.
United will monitor Giggs' fitness in the new year before deciding whether to offer him the chance to compete in a 22nd consecutive Premier League season at Old Trafford.
Adnan Januzaj, whose contract was also set to expire in the summer, penned a big-money, five-year extension on Saturday to put an end to speculation surrounding his future.