Carragher to discuss Liverpool future
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher will discuss his Anfield future at the start of next season but the Reds' vice-captain has stressed he does not want to play for another team.
Reports in March suggested the 32-year-old would walk out on the club he joined as a youngster if he did not get a new contract offer with terms that suited him.
However, Carragher said he wanted to finish his career with Liverpool and had already broached the subject with manager Rafael Benitez, whose own future remains in doubt after a disappointing season and speculation about a move to Juventus.
"I've spoken to the manager about it and we both agreed that it would be better if we talked about it at the start of next season," said the centre-back.
"There was an interview with a national newspaper and the headline was a bit misleading, saying that I would be prepared to leave Liverpool.
"Really, I said that if Liverpool didn't want me, I'd be forced to sign for someone else because I'd have no other option.
"I don't want to retire yet. I understand at my age, you can only make decisions season by season.
"But I want to finish my career at Liverpool. I don't want to play for anyone else."
Carragher is keen to take up a coaching role when his playing days are over but does not feel his temperament is suited to youth development work.
"I've passed the UEFA B coaching badge and I'm considering the A badge at Lilleshall this summer," he told LFC Weekly.
"I still haven't made my mind up what I'm going to do when I'm finished, but I'm doing this so I'm prepared and to see if I enjoy it.
"If I did go into coaching, it would have to be at a senior level.
"I'm passionate about football and all I've ever wanted to do is win.
"I'm not really the kind of person to have the patience to improve the kids at the Academy."
A sign that Carragher's playing days are numbered came today when the veteran defender announced his testimonial match.
His Liverpool side will play an Everton XI - the club he supported as a boy - at Anfield on September 4.
Although some players will be away on international duty the likes of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Dietmar Hamann, Jamie Redknapp and Michael Owen have all confirmed they will take part with Carragher hopeful Sami Hyypia and Jerzy Dudek will also be involved.
All proceeds from the game will benefit local charities through Carragher's 23 Foundation.
"It has been in the pipeline for four or five months and I've had to keep things quiet but I'm delighted now that I can start to talk about it properly," said Carragher.
"Everton were always my first idea. If we had gone for a foreign team, they would have incurred appearance fees and travel costs which would have needed paying for but that is not what this game is going to be about; the money we raise is for the city of Liverpool and Merseyside in general.
"Everyone knows I was an Evertonian when I was a kid and I just thought it would be appropriate for the two teams in my life to have a game of football."
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo pays €60,000 for brain operation for 10-month-old boy
Bayern Munich 1 Arsenal 1 match report: Lukas Podolski goal fails to inspire comeback at the Allianz Arena as Gunners are knocked out of Champions League
Top 10 funniest football chants - in pictures
The 10 funniest football chants revealed, with poll naming West Ham supporters as 'wittiest in the country'
Barcelona 2 Manchester City 1 match report: Lionel Messi and Dani Alves on target as Pablo Zabaleta sees red and City exit Champions League
- 1 Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
- 2 Hells of residence: Inside Macedonia's horrifying student accommodation - where the walls are green and the food is black
- 3 Boy George: Bad karma
- 4 First Kiss video: Filmmaker gets 20 strangers to make out on YouTube with awkward results
- 5 Rampaging elephant smashes up house but then 'saves crying baby trapped under debris'
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia