Antonio Valencia has put pen to paper with Manchester United – signing a new four-year contract.
After missing a large part of last season through a horrible leg break, many critics wrote off the Ecuador international, yet the 25-year-old Ronaldo replacement returned for the closing couple of months of the campaign – playing a key role in United’s record-breaking 19th title success.
Valencia, who has scored 10 goals in 69 appearances for United, has been rewarded with a new contract ahead of the 2011/12 season, much to the delight of the Red Devils’ faithful and players alike. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson added: “Antonio has made a fantastic contribution since his arrival. His speed, crossing ability and versatility have been a big asset for us.”
The right side of midfield has seen Nani come on in leaps and bounds this year, maybe the comeback of Valencia may fuel rumours that Nani could be heading to Juventus sooner rather than later – freeing up vital cash for possible Scholes replacement and Dutch playmaker, Wesley Sneijder, who confirmed that he wouldn’t refuse to rule out a move to Old Trafford this summer.
By Ross Fisher