Manchester United captain Micahel Carrick will retire at the end of the season, he confirmed on Monday.
"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'.
The former England worldwide stated that he is likely to next assume a first-team coaching role at Manchester United following the end of his playing career.
He has been restricted to only four appearances this season because of an irregular heart rhythm.
Carrick joins a host of other recently retired English footballers who have taken various roles within coaching, such as Steven Gerrard, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.
During his 12 years at the Red Devils Carrick has won 12 major titles.
While he's not officially said yes, the classy midfielder seems to be inclined to taking up Mourinho on the offer and an announcement is likely to be made in the summer regarding his future at the club.
'Obviously, I had the problem in the Burton game, when it started during the second half, and then had a few tests after that, ' he told the media ahead of tomorrow's game.
Carrick has played over seven hundred senior games at club level across spells with West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United with the majority of those outings coming for the latter.
"I wanted to finish on my own terms so I was determined to get back fit", he added. "I am trying to help a lot more because I understand where I am at", he concluded.
Carrick has made three appearances in all competitions since returning from the heart complaint, but the skipper is still hoping to have a say in United's fortunes before calling time on his playing career. "There were 2 or 3 times when I wondered whether it was worth still playing, but I soon got over that".