Antonio Valencia Set For New Manchester United Contract

Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia wants to discuss terms over a new contract at Old Trafford, according to reports from the Sun.

Valencia arrived at Manchester United from Wigan Athletic during the summer of 2009 for an undisclosed fee and he was initially viewed as a direct replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who had just departed Old Trafford for Real Madrid the same summer.

The Ecuadorian international enjoyed a wonderful debut campaign at United in an attacking role but a horrendous leg break in 2010 curtailed his progress.

While Valencia continued to be a key figure in the United side following the recovery from the injury, it would be fair to state that he was no longer the same effective force in attack.

Sensationally though, Valencia has managed to reinvent himself as a full-back in recent years and one could argue that the 31-year-old is among of the best right-backs in the Premier League at the moment.

As a testament to his qualities, Valencia has impressed in a United defence that has looked poor so far this campaign and it is believed that manager Jose Mourinho is content with the former Villarreal man.

Despite Valencia’s importance to United, the defender’s long term future at the club is in doubt at the moment as he is close to the entering the final six months of his contract with the Premier League giants.

It remains to be seen as to whether United will look to offer Valencia a new deal but according to reports from the Sun, the right-back has expressed his desire to begin negotiations over a contract extension soon.

An Old Trafford insider allegedly told the Sun, “The club won’t be rushed into a decision, but Antonio is loved here. He wants to stay and is hoping to sit down with Jose and the club at the earliest opportunity.”

While Valencia is reportedly on a £70,000 a week wage package with Manchester United may have entered his thirties, he still remains a key player for United and it will perhaps be a wise decision to extend the stay of the experienced defender at Old Trafford – especially given the current injury crisis.