Carroll: I want to stay

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Contract rebel Roy Carroll has insisted that he wants to remain with Manchester United.

The Northern Ireland international insists that he has not looked for other options as he continues to hold out for a better deal - with his current contract expiring in the summer.

"I'm hoping to be here next season," Carroll told The Independent.

"We are still talking and people think I have clubs all ready [to sign for] but I haven't, I'm happy to stay here at Manchester United and I want to be here beyond the end of the season.

"The problem is just little bits and bobs between myself and the club. So we will just see what happens there and, hopefully, it will be done before the end of the season.

"I'm pretty confident I will be here. I have never wanted to leave here.

"Why would you want to leave Manchester United? They are a great team and a great bunch of lads. We have great young players. I think we can do a lot in the future.

"It's like any job [negotiations], you want to go in there and take your time. You don't want to rush it. That's why I am taking my time.

"I said to myself I have no need to rush to sign my contract but I have always wanted to stay here. I never wanted to move from Manchester United; I still don't.

"I hope it is done before [the end of the season] but if not, then after the end of the season. No matter what, as long as I sign it."