Senior United Player Plotting A January Exit After Bust-Up With Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho is having a rough time at Manchester United this season. He seems to have lost his mojo in the dressing room, and key players like Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have failed to perform at their best under his leadership.

A number of players have fallen out with the United boss as the season has progressed, either due to their on-pitch performances, or their social media activity. One player belonging to the latter category is Antonio Valencia.

Back in October, after their Champions League game against Valencia, the defender liked an Instagram post that supported the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The gaffer was angered when this was brought to his notice, and decided to demote the Ecuadorian to a squad rotation player.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Valencia is now keen on leaving Manchester United, as he believes that the relationship between him and Mourinho has broken down to the point of no return.

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In fact, his agent has already arrived in England, and has begun looking for potential moves in the upcoming winter transfer window.

Valencia has supposedly apologised to Mourinho on multiple occasions since the incident, but he has been left shocked by treatment in return. Therefore, the veteran now prefers to make a move elsewhere, considering they have hardly talked to each other in recent weeks.

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The 33-year-old will be entering the final six months of his contract in January, which will allow him to talk with potential suitors and agree to a free transfer at the end of this season.

Manchester United officials have the option to extend his contract for another year, but might decide against it, considering Valencia’s age and recent performances.

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