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Aston Villa want Carrick but Michael wants to stay

The Sunday People reported that new Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is lining up a move for Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick in January. Carrick’s form has not been impressive in the past year, but Houllier sees the midfielder as the right answer to Villa’s need for a classy midfielder. Houllier’s admiration for Carrick, however, is not matched with the midfielder’s desire to move away from Old Trafford. He signed for Manchester United from Tottenham four years ago and cost the Red Devils £18 million. Reports are claiming that now it would take £8 million to convince Man Utd to let him go.

Commenting about the speculation surrounding his future, Michael Carrick said:

“I have seen some stories suggesting I’d be leaving last summer but I take no notice. It’s part of the game. I have never thought I was on my way out of United, not for one minute. It has never entered my mind. And neither has the manager said anything to me. This is a great place to be and results like the one against Valencia make it all worthwhile when you play a part in something like that. I have the rest of this season and next season left on my contract and I would like to stay here for the rest of my career. Why would I want to go anywhere else? It’s up to me this season to work hard to earn the right to do that and to make it a reality. So the aim is to be in the team as often as I can.”

“It’s never ideal when you are out of the team and since I came to United I had not had to deal with that situation. I’ve not done anything ­different, you just have to believe in yourself. In the past, I’ve played in the big games and played well, so you draw a lot of confidence from the experiences you have had. You have to have big self-belief at the very top level otherwise you’d never survive the knocks. You have ups and downs but, if you keep plugging away, hopefully, you will get your reward. I’m no different to any player at United in that I want to be playing all the time. I have had an achilles problem for a while, but I have had an injection and, thankfully, that has cleared it up.”

“It can be difficult because the manager has so much talent available in midfield. He’s got guys like Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs still at their peak, and Nani, Fletcher, Anderson, Park and Gibson all want a place in midfield too, so it’s competitive. To play a full 90 minutes for United in Valencia and be part of a great result was a boost.”

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