Man United unlikely to trigger Valencia contract extension claims Solskjaer

Antonio Valencia’s time at Man United

Antonio Valencia joined Manchester United in 2009 from Wigan Athletic for a fee of around £17m.

Since making the switch to Old Trafford, Valencia has gone on to make 338 appearances across all competitions for United.

In those 338 games, Valencia has scored 25 and assisted 62.

Valencia has also helped guide United to two Premier League titles, one FA Cup, two League Cups, three Community Shields and one Europa League.

CARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 22: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Interim Manager of Manchester United celebrates with the fans after the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Manchester United at Cardiff City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

OGS on triggering a contract extension

However, despite being a top club servant, Valencia is now 33 years of age and coming to the end of his career.

The full-back has played just five league games for United this season and is currently out injured.

Valencia’s current United deal runs out in July of 2019.

Man United do have the option to extend Valencia’s deal by 12 months due to a clause in his contract.

However, they must do so by the 5:00 pm GMT on Friday the 1st of March, otherwise he becomes a free agent in the summer.

Interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about Valencia’s contract on Friday morning and all but confirmed Man United won’t activate an extension:

“He is still not 100%. Working to get back fit. Antonio has had a fantastic career here at Man Utd but I’m not sure if he will agree on the next year. Depends if he gets back on pitch”

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