Antonio Valencia extends Manchester United contract until June 2019
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 26/05/17 1:40pm
Antonio Valencia has signed a contract extension with Manchester United that keeps him at the club until June 2019, with the option to extend for a further year.
The 31-year-old captained United on Wednesday night as they won the Europa League final 2-0 against Ajax.
Valencia signed for United in June 2009 and has since won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, the Europa League and three Community Shields.
The Ecuador international was named United's Players' Player of the Year last week, an award he also won in 2011/12.
Valencia said: "Manchester United has been my life since 2009 and I am absolutely delighted to have signed a new contract.
"Wednesday evening provided the one trophy this club had never won and it was a true honour for me to captain the team for the final.
"I would like to thank the manager for the confidence he has given me this season and I am sure that we will be challenging on all fronts next season.
"I would also like to say a big thank you to my family, my team-mates and, of course, the fans, for their amazing support."
Jose Mourinho is a big fan of Valencia, stating in January "there is no better right-back in football", and he is delighted he is extending his stay at Old Trafford.
"It is no secret that I had been an admirer of Antonio's long before I joined the club," Mourinho said.
"I knew what a fantastic player he was and he has not disappointed me on that front. However, what I could never have imagined was what a great person he is.
"I know I have said this before but I truly believe it is a real privilege for us to have such a good player and such a good man. I am delighted he has extended his contract."
Valencia's previous contract at United originally ran until June 2017, with the club activating a clause last January which extended it until June 2018.
His latest renewal could keep him at the club until the summer of 2020, when he will be 34 years old.