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Aug 1, 2006

Carrick: Money not a factor for Man Utd move

Michael Carrick has denied that money was the motivation behind his £18.6million switch from Tottenham to Manchester United.

Carrick, 25, completed his move to Old Trafford after agreeing personal terms and passing of a medical.

Carrick, who had two years of his contract left at Spurs, rejected the opportunity to stay at the club on an improved new deal - claiming the chance to join United was 'too good to turn down'.

The England midfielder is understood to have agreed terms which include wages in the region of £50,000-a-week.

But Carrick, who thanked coach Martin Jol, denied it had all been about they money on offer.

Carrick said: 'This is a football decision, a decision not driven by money. It's an offer that has come at the right time for me both professionally and personally and I felt I couldn't turn it down.

'I've had a great time at Spurs and the club has been brilliant for me. There is an excellent squad full of top players and a number of younger lads coming through the ranks as well. I can only see successful times for the club in the future.

'Martin is a great manager and has done an enormous amount for my career. Without any doubt he has helped develop me into a better player. He gave me a chance when I needed it, stood by me and I will always thank him for that.'

Jol, who earlier claimed he harboured no ill-feeling towards Carrick for deciding to leave White Hart Lane, said: 'Michael played nearly all the games for us after coming on in the second half against Charlton the season before last and never looked back.

'He always gave his best and was a wonderful servant. I'm sure he will do well at Manchester United because he is very talented and we will miss having him around.'

Carrick is set to be unveiled at a press conference by United later this week.

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While Carrick fits the bill as Roy Keane's replacement in a defensive-midfield role, United have been linked with a move for former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira.

Vieira is currently at Juventus, who have been relegated from the top flight following the Italian match-fixing scandal.

The France midfielder was quoted in The Times to have said: 'Every player wants to play for a club like Manchester United at the highest level.

'After nine years at Arsenal it might be difficult, but everything can happen in football. Now I'm not sure where I'm playing next season.

'I'm still looking for a new club. There might be some sort of conclusion in the next 48 hours and it's a very important decision for me.'