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Antonio Valencia comments on his Manchester United future

Winger Antonio Valencia has spoken about his future at Manchester United.

Antonio Valencia has no intention of leaving Manchester United this summer.

In fact the player does not see himself leaving at all, not any time soon at least.

The 27-year-old, signed from Wigan in 2009 says he is more than settled in the North-West and shot down rumours he could leave.

Speaking to Radio La Deportiva in his native Ecuador, he said:

"Neither the club nor the coach said anything. Away? I think it was a voice that was born in Ecuador.

"Manchester is my home, I would stay here for much longer and retire here before returning to Ecuador."

It is positive for the club that Valencia is not letting an underwhelming season personally put him off his stride.

What will have pleased him is that unlike last season when his individual brilliance could not stop his side falling short in the Premier League, he ends this season as a champion.

It was only 12 months ago that his excellent form saw him rewarded with the club's iconic number seven shirt.

This season his goal tally of one, is his lowest since arriving at the club, while his usual pinpoint crossing has been unusually off.

The bad news for Valencia, is that his future is beyond his control and rests with Sir Alex Ferguson. If the Scot feels a player is not performing, his ruthless streak has shown in the past he will get rid.

The good news on the other hand, is that Valencia is one of United's three wingers with the least concerns hanging over him - Nani and Ashley Young have been worse, with the Portuguese man's contract up next summer.

Valencia's statement of commitment is a positive sign, he just needs to lift his game next season to truly show he deserves the number seven shirt.


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