Antonio Valencia commits to Manchester United until 2019

Antonio Valencia commits to Manchester United until 2019

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia has signed a new contract with the Europa League champions which will keep him at the club until 2019.

The winger-turned-full-back has the option of a further 12 months beyond that after impressing manager Jose Mourinho.

"It is no secret that I had been an admirer of Antonio's long before I joined the club," said the Red Devils boss.

"I knew what a fantastic player he was and he has not disappointed me on that front.

"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."

Valencia, 31, signed for United in June 2009 and has since won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, the Europa League and three Community Shields.

Having arrived as a winger, he has been utilised by Mourinho as an attacking right-back, having been preferred ahead of £12.7million signing and specialist defender Matteo Darmian.

"Manchester United has been my life since 2009 and I am absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract," said the Ecuador international.

"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 (Europa League) final.

"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."


More in this Section

Moves under way to take action against Bulgarian racismMoves under way to take action against Bulgarian racism

Football rumours from the mediaFootball rumours from the media

Southgate proud as England make more than one statementSouthgate proud as England make more than one statement

World Rugby clears Ireland of accusations levelled by Sunday newspaperWorld Rugby clears Ireland of accusations levelled by Sunday newspaper


Lifestyle

I am dating a lovely guy. However, he seems really awkward about being naked in front of me.Sex File: Boyfriend keeps his T-shirt on during sex

To instantly power up your look, veer towards the hard shoulder.Bold shoulder: How to instantly power up your look

Plums are a wonderful autumn fruit, useful for all sorts of recipes both sweet and savoury. In Ireland we are blessed with wonderfully sweet plums.Currabinny Cooks: Juicy plums work for both sweet and savoury dishes

The rise of home skincare devices doesn't mean that salons and clinics no longer serve a purpose.The Skin Nerd: Don’t try this at home — new treatments in the salon

More From The Irish Examiner