United star values club success over international - is he right?

Antonio Valencia

Manchester United attacker would rather win the Champions League in Europe than attain glory with his national team.

The mid-November international break continues to split fans of club football: there are four European section play-off qualifiers, but 12 international friendlies involving a European nation, prompting opinion that only 25% of the European international matches had relevance in the actual FIFA fixture calendar. The bulk, it could be argued, are superfluous and detract momentum away from club football.

For Manchester United, they were just building up steam, putting together a run of exemplary form, culminating with a 1-0 triumph - a convincing one at that - over the Premier League leaders Arsenal, however, David Moyes' men are not back in action until Sunday, November 24, when they take on bottom-half Cardiff City prior to a Champions League group clash with Bayer Leverkusen.

It is European competition that one of the club's playing staff values higher than international success as, during a recent question and answer session on the club's Spanish platform on their official Twitter account, winger Antonio Valencia was asked where his greater aspirations would be… with United, or with Ecuador, a nation with whom he has won 67 caps, returning eight goals.

His answer? 'With United, the nicest thing would be winning the Champions League.'

Ecuador finished fourth in the Conmebol group section for FIFA World Cup qualifying, progressing to the finals in Brazil next summer. They had notable victories over Chile, Colombia and Uruguay.

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