Man United transfers: Antonio Valencia wants to stay beyond the summer

Man United transfers: Antonio Valencia insists he wants to stay at the newly-crowned Premier League champions beyond the summer

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Antonio Valencia has made just 21 starts this term Photo: Soccer.ru/Wikimedia

Antonio Valencia has moved to end speculation suggesting the Manchester United winger wants to quit Old Trafford this summer.

The Ecuador international has played a bit-part role in United’s title-winning campaign, scoring once and making four assists in 21 Premier League starts.

Valencia was reported to be considering his Red Devils future, but the midfielder has underlined his desire to stay at the newly-crowned Premier League champions.

“Neither the club or the coach have said anything about that [leaving Manchester United], I think it was a rumour that came about in Ecuador more than anywhere else,” he told Radio La Deportiva.

“This [Manchester] is my home, I would like to stay here for a lot longer and retire here before going back to Ecuador.”

Valencia also revealed that it has taken time for the Wigan Athletic star to fully recover from his leg break in United’s Champions League game against Rangers in 2010.

“When I had the problem with my leg I recovered mentally without any difficulty,” he added.

“But the problem with my back was something that affected me for a lot longer, but now I am fine and physically much better.”

Valencia reserved special praise for his manager Sir Alex Ferguson after the Red Devils claimed their 13th Premier League title thanks to a 3-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday night.

“I am very happy, this is my second championship here,” he said.

“I have the confidence that the coach has given me and when you go into a match with the confidence of the team, it gives you extra motivation.”

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