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‘Not a big deal’ – Michael Carrick offers fresh insight into Middlesbrough contract talks

Middlesbrough boss Michael Carrick is relaxed over his future with positive talks held over a contract extension at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough manager Carrick has found success in his first permanent position as the lead man in the dugout. He led Boro to the play-offs last season and while this season has been a more challenging one, firm belief remains that the former Manchester United caretaker boss is the right man for the task on Teesside.

There has been talk about his future at the Championship club amid a potential contract extension. Now, Carrick has offered a fresh update on the matter.

As quoted by The Northern Echo, he said that while it isn’t a ‘major’ deal, he’s relaxed over his future and more than happy in his position at the Riverside. He said:

“I wouldn’t say it’s major in terms of a big deal, it’s not a big deal for me. I’m happy here. I’m relaxed about it. Everyone is clamouring for news on something, nothing has changed, I’m here, I love it here, I’m enjoying it.

“As I’ve said with the players, things will happen naturally in time. There’s no deadline, there’s no chasing, there’s no agendas. I’m just here and working hard.

“I’m happy, there are no issues, nothing has changed, I love it here.”

The report adds that it is understood positive talks have been held between Carrick and chairman Steve Gibson. Both are on the same page in discussions as they look to extend his stay.

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Carrick’s relaxed position over negotiations and his happiness in the role suggest things are in a good place when it comes to extending his deal. With Middlesbrough understandably keen to hold onto him, hopefully it won’t be too long before an agreement is finalised and confirmed.

The 42-year-old’s contract runs until the end of the 2024/25 season, so there is an eagerness to get his services secured beyond that. Carrick has drawn interest from elsewhere and a fresh extension will help fend off any potential revived pursuit of his services.

Boro currently sit 13th in the Championship table. They have 13 games to close the 11-point gap to the play-offs, but a late charge for the top six looks unlikely.

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