DONE DEAL: Antonio Valencia signs contract extension with Manchester United

first_img Antonio Valencia captain Manchester United in the Europa League final Manchester United have announced Antonio Valencia has signed a new contract, keeping the full-back at the club until the summer of 2019.The 31-year-old signed for the Red Devils from Wigan in 2009, and has gone on to win two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, the UEFA Europa League and three Community Shields.Converted into a defender by Jose Mourinho, Valencia has been a key part of United’s first-team this season – and he captained the side during the Europa League final victory over Ajax.Speaking to the official Manchester United website when the deal was confirmed, Valencia said: “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.”Mourinho added: “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.“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.” 1last_img read more