Monday, July 22, 2019

BREAKING: Manchester United decide not to activate Valencia contract extension

Manchester United have decided not to activate the option of a contract extension for Antonio Valencia, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed.

The club had until 5PM today (Friday) to trigger the extension, and the deadline has now expired.

Valencia, who will turn 34 in August this year, has been with the club since 2009. Signed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a winger, the Equador international has been transformed into an attack-minded fullback, and he has made a total of 338 appearances in competitive games for the Red Devils, finding the opposition net 25 times. In that time, he has won the Premier League twice, the 2016 FA Cup, the 2017 Europa League, and two League Cup trophies.

However, he has only played once under Solskjaer, and after a decade of faithful service, it’s clear he has become surplus to requirements with the current boss mostly utilizing Ashley Young on the right defensive flank, and Matteo Darmian and Diogo Dalot waiting for their chance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on four different football blogs.

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