Valencia relishing Milan test
Man Utd winger Antonio Valencia admits the games with AC Milan will be the biggest of his club career.
Last Updated: 12/02/10 11:47am
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia admits their forthcoming fixtures with AC Milan will be the biggest of his club career.
The 24-year-old, who has played at the World Cup with Ecuador, moved to Old Trafford from Wigan last summer in a deal thought to be in the region of £16million.
Valencia has been reaping the rewards of UEFA Champions League football since his swap from the DW Stadium, scoring his first-ever goal in the competition against CSKA Moscow.
Group B winners United were rewarded with a second-round tie against Serie A giants Milan, and Valencia is relishing the test.
"They will be the biggest games I've played in club football," Valencia told the club's official website.
"The Champions League is a huge competition and Milan are one of the biggest clubs around.
"They've won so much in their history and they've won the Champions League (and European Cup) a lot, and it will be a big test for us.
"Every game is important, but the lads are definitely looking forward to both matches."
United also face in-form Everton away in the coming weeks and a Carling Cup final appearance against Aston Villa makes February a big month for Sir Alex Ferguson's men.
Valencia, who has six goals in all competitions this term, is unfazed by the daunting fixtures ahead, insisting the chance to play in "big games" influenced his decision to move to the club.
"We've got some really big games coming up, but these are the matches you want to be playing in," insisted the winger.
He added: "We're ready and focused for a long run of big games with high stakes."