United set to reward duo
Antonio Valencia has agreed a new deal at Man Utd and Javier Hernandez is also expected to sign fresh terms.
Last Updated: 30/07/11 4:35pm
Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has agreed a new contract and striker Javier Hernandez is also set to be rewarded with fresh terms.
The Premier League champions are currently on a pre-season tour of North America but chief executive David Gill revealed plans are already afoot to secure key players to long-term deals.
Valencia's extended stay could be confirmed before United's Community Shield match against local rivals City at Wembley next weekend.
The Ecuador international has been an influential figure for the Red Devils since joining from Wigan Athletic and recovered from a serious injury to play a key part in the closing couple of months of last season.
Hernandez, who is currently sidelined with concussion, enjoyed a stunning debut season at Old Trafford last term after his arrival from Chivas and is also due to agree a new deal.
On Valencia, Gill said: "He has (agreed a new deal) and we are in the process of finalising that.
"He has been away at the Copa America and we've been away here, but that's broadly sorted out. That should be announced next week.
"Antonio signed for four years, so he's got two left. The length of the deal will come out when it comes out, but it's a longer-term deal, yes.
"Hernandez came on a five-year deal. There's no re-negotiation clause in his contract, but we want to address it when there is no pressure with regards to that issue, so we intend to do it in the autumn."
Gill also revealed the club had an option to extend Dimitar Berbatov's by another year but admitted a decision would likely be made at the end of the season.