OFFICIAL: Antonio Valencia Joins New Club

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring their first goal with Antonio Valencia.

Reuters / Miguel Vidal

Antonio Valencia has joined Liga de Quito on a fee transfer.

Manchester United confirmed that their first-team captain Antonio Valencia would be departing from the club on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract.

The winger-turned-fullback, who spent 10 successful years with the Red Devils, subsequently traveled to Brazil to represent the Ecuadorian national team in the 2019 Copa America.

Now, the 33-year-old has returned to his homeland, confirming his next destination.

Valencia has signed for Ecuadorian outfit Liga de Quito on a 2-year deal, with an option to extend the contract further.

The club confirmed this blockbuster transfer on Friday, and their official statement read: “One of the most celebrated players in Ecuadorian football history, Luis Antonio Valencia is a new Guerrero Albo.

“The man who was captain of Manchester United at the start of the 2017-18 season and who said farewell with honours after a successful 10-year spell in the Premier League returns to Ecuadorian football as a living legend.

“He comes to Liga on a two-year-contract with an option for a further years, a great effort from the Alba directors with the invaluable support of our sponsors who made this dream of the Alba family come true.”