Antonio Valencia has reportedly signed a new contract at Manchester United.
Valencia has been one of Manchester United’s most improved players this term, despite Jose Mourinho’s decision to play him out of position at right-back.
The United veteran has therefore, been rewarded with a new two-year deal at Old Trafford, with his current contract expiring at the end of this season, reports The Sun.
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It was rumoured that the Ecuador international was really concerned as to whether United would choose to go against extending his contract. But if the new report is to be believed, then he will definitely be staying at the Theatre of Dreams until June 2018.
Mourinho has previously expressed his view regarding the possibility of a new deal for Valencia, who was brought in under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2009 for £16 million.
“Big clubs like Manchester United want to keep their best players,” Mourinho previously stated when speaking about the 31-year-old. “And the best players at the biggest clubs want to stay for the rest of their career.”
The former Wigan winger has played all but two Premier League fixtures this season, which he missed after he broke his arm in October.
Valencia has, quite predictably, credited the Red Devils manager for keeping his faith in him and also giving him the needed confidence.
He said last month: “I’m thankful for the manager’s kind words and I hope to keep working hard to repay the faith he’s put in me in every game I play.
“He has given me a lot of confidence – he’s given me the chance to play. I like being at Manchester United and I want to do all I can for the team. I wanted to get back as soon as I possibly could, to help the team. I was helped by the medical department here at United and the great work they’ve done since my operation.”