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Man United’s Antonio Valencia signs new deal

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has extended his contract at Old Trafford until 2019.

The Ecuadorian international has established himself as one of the regular players under Jose Mourinho earlier this season, he was described by his manager as one of the greatest right-backs in the world.

Valencia, 31, has made a total of 43 appearances across all competitions during this campaign, and has admitted that he is happy to extend further 12-months to his deal.

The right-back told the club’s official website: “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.

“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.”

The Red Devils paid Wigan Athletic a fee of £16m for Valencia in 2009 and has since gone on to make over 200 appearances in the Premier League.

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