Manchester United have triggered a clause on Antonio Valencia‘s contract that allows the Ecuadorian to stay at Old Trafford for another year.
Valencia has cemented himself as Man United’s first choice right back under Jose Mourinho, making 22 appearances so far this season.
The 31-year-old’s current contract, a three year deal signed in the summer of 2014, expires at the end of this season.
However, the club have now activated a one-year option clause on the Ecuadorian’s contract.
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A one year extension is no less than what Valencia deserves after a sensational few months at Old Trafford. The 31-year-old, ever since day one under Mourinho, has been a constantly reliable, powerful presence on the right hand side, bolstering the side’s approach with a mixture of defensive solidly and sheer fervour going forward.
It never fails to astound me that Valencia is indeed the same age as Wayne Rooney. The latter, as we all know, looks as if his legs can no longer bear the weight of playing at the highest level; Valencia, on the other hand, appears to be growing in stature as the weeks go by, seemingly incapable of tiring, and supporters will be delighted to hear that the Ecuadorian will remain at United for at least another year.