Valencia hoping to end career at Manchester United

The27-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford following an indifferent season, but the winger has instead outlined his desire to stay for the foreseeable future

Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has revealed he hopes to finish his playing career at Old Trafford before returning home to Ecuador.

The 27-year-old, who still has two years remaining on current deal at Old Trafford, has struggled for form this term – netting one goal and providing just four assists in the Premier League.

However, following United’s title triumph on Monday night, in which Valencia played the full 90 minutes, the attack has announced his desire to remain at the club for the remainder of his playing career.

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

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

Valencia has conceded it took him a while to recover after suffering a broken leg in September 2010, but he is now fully-fit and delighted to have played his part in helping United win a 20th championship crown.

He added: “When I had the problem with my leg I recovered mentally without any difficulty. But the problem with my back was something that affected me for a lot longer, but now I am fine and physically much better.

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

Valenciais already looking forward to further silverware, and hopes to help Ecuador reach the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, adding: “It has been an effort from everyone in the national side, it’s like a family that we have formed.

“We cannot let it slip now, we missed out on the last World Cup, we can’t miss this one. We have two difficult games coming up, but they are six points and two games that could give us qualification.”

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