Manchester United winger Antonio Valenica has signed a new three-year contract to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old joined Manchester United in 2009 from Wigan Athletic and has won two Premier League titles and a League Cup since his arrival. But the Ecuadorian international has failed to produce consistent performances for his club in recent times and his future at Old Trafford has often been questioned. But his versatility, ability to play both as a right winger and as a right back, along with pace and work ethics makes him a valuable squad player. Valencia made 20 Premier League starts last season and any questions about his future at the club, following the arrival of new manager Louis van Gaal, has been squashed with a new three-year contract.
Assistant manager Ryan Giggs has expressed his delight at having secured the future of Valencia at the club and has praised his contribution since his arrival.
“I’m really pleased Antonio has signed a new contract. His contribution to the team since he joined the club in 2009 has been fantastic.
“Antonio is a very powerful player with great speed and versatility. He is very professional in his approach to training and I am delighted he has committed his future to the club.” – Ryan Giggs said in an interview.
Valencia, who is currently in Brazil with his national team as they look to qualify for the next round, is pleased to have signed this new contract and is looking forward to play under Louis van Gaal next season.
“My time at Manchester United has been like a dream come true. To be the first Ecuadorian player to win the English Premier League was a very proud moment for me and for my country.
“I am so happy to have signed a new deal and am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal. There is great team spirit within the club and we are all determined to get back to winning ways.” – The Manchester United winger said.