Valencia Set To Leave Man Utd In Summer After Club Decide Not To Trigger Contract Extension

Antonio Valencia is set to leave Manchester United this summer after the club decided against triggering a contract extension.

The Red Devils had until 5pm on Friday to activate the clause in Valencia’s current deal, which expires in less than six months.

But United did not take up the option and it now seems that Valencia is destined for the Old Trafford exit at the end of the season.

Despite becoming club captain under Jose Mourinho, Valencia found himself out of the team at the beginning of the season due to fitness issues.

Luke Shaw’s revival saw Ashley Young, who has signed a new deal, moved out to the right, with Diogo Dalot also impressing in his handful of appearances.

And Valencia struggled under both Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to win back his place in the side.

The Ecuadorian could now be tempted to try his luck abroad, with a number of Chinese clubs said to be interested.

And his exit could open the door for a new full-back to arrive at the Theatre of Dreams.

Jordi Alba was understood to be a target for the Red Devils.

But he is staying put at Barcelona after penning a new lucrative five-year contract


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