Antonio Valencia has extended his stay at Old Trafford until June 2019, with an option of one additional year extension.
The flying full-back has been one of the best players at Manchester United this season, due to which he has got his contract extended by Jose Mourinho. The Ecuadorian arrived at the club in June 2009 as an attacking winger, but he has now ended up cementing his place at the right wing-back position.
During his 8-year-long stay with the Red Devils, the 31-year-old has won 2 Premier League titles, 1 FA cup, 2 League Cups, 3 Community Shields, and most recently, the UEFA Europa League.
An elated Valencia spoke of his delight following the extension by stating: “Manchester United has been my life since 2009 and I am absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract. Wednesday evening provided the one trophy this club had never won and it was a true honour for me to captain the team for the final.”
He added: “I would like to thank the Manager for the confidence he has given me this season and I am sure that we will be challenging on all fronts next season. I would also like to say a big thank you to my family, my team-mates and, of course, the fans, for their amazing support.”
Jose Mourinho also highlighted Valencia’s value at the club by saying: “It is no secret that I had been an admirer of Antonio’s long before I joined the club. I knew what a fantastic player he was and he has not disappointed me on that front.”
The Portuguese coach then shed some light on his fondness towards the full-back’s character by stating: “However, what I could never have imagined was what a great person he is. I know I have said this before but I truly believe it is a real privilege for us to have such a good player and such a good man. I am delighted he has extended his contract.”
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.