Danny Mills has claimed Andy Carroll will not be handed a new deal by Newcastle United and will, therefore leave this summer.
The former Leeds United full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested a move to the MLS or retirement could be next for the 31-year-old.
Carroll signed a one-year pay-as-you-play deal last August as he returned to St. James Park on a free having left for £35million in January 2011.
However, the striker’s contract, which expires in June, may be extended if FIFA introduces emergency measures in light of coronavirus, Football Insider has learned.
When asked if the former England international would be offered a new contract at the end of the season, Mills told Football Insider: “It is very unlikely. He has not been fit enough this season. What is the point in having him around? He has hardly been available, let alone been on the pitch.
“It is one person that they do not need. He will be on a basic wage, it will not be just a pay-as-you-play. You may as well spend that on somebody else.
“Carroll may have to look somewhere like the MLS because he is just not fit enough. As great as he can be, his body is not up to it right now. He may even think about retirement but only Andy Carroll will know that.”
Carroll has failed to score in his 14 appearances this season with £40million summer signing Joelinton preferred by Steve Bruce for the majority of the campaign.
The local lad has not featured since mid-January after being sidelined with a hip injury.
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