Valencia to decide future
Dave Whelan has confirmed Antonio Valencia will have the final say on where his future lies.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 25/06/09 11:38am
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed Antonio Valencia will have the final say on where his future lies.
Manchester United and Real Madrid are believed to be the two frontrunners to land the Ecuador international this summer.
Whelan is now set to meet with Valencia, with a decision on where the winger will play his football next season on the horizon.
He said: "We are just waiting for him to come back from holiday. We have had offers that are acceptable to Wigan Athletic, around the £14-£18million mark, but what we will finish up with I don't know.
"It's no use me saying he is going to Manchester United because he is the boss and we'll be listening to what he says.
"We can't tell him where he wants to go. If he wants to go, we've always promised him he can go. But if he wants to stay then he will stay.
"There are offers on the table but football doesn't operate like that. Whatever anybody says or what they tell you on the telephone, I like to see it in black and white.
"One club could offer £2m more than the other but if Antonio says he doesn't want to go there, then there is no point.
"I think he [Valencia] is an outstanding player and he would fit in at either Manchester United or Real Madrid.
"I don't think there is any doubt he will end up at one of those clubs, it's just a case of which one he wants to end up at. It's not for us to decide."