Valencia extends United stay

Winger Antonio Valencia has signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, the club confirmed on Monday.Valencia, 25, has made a big impact since arriving at Old Trafford from Wigan in the summer of 2009, playing a key role last term both in United’s record 19th league title win and the club’s run to a third Champions League final in four seasons.

Upon signing his new deal, the Ecuadorian said he hoped he could continue to improve as a player and help Sir Alex Ferguson’s side challenge for more silverware.

“I am delighted to stay at United,” Valencia said. “Since my first day at Carrington, I have been happy here. I hope that I can continue to develop as a player.”

“I am looking forward to making my contribution to helping this squad compete for more trophies.”

Ferguson praised the winger after signing his new deal, hailing his versatility and strength of character following his comeback from breaking his ankle early last season.

“Antonio has made a fantastic contribution since his arrival. His speed, crossing ability and versatility have been a big asset for us,” Ferguson said.

“He has a quiet, unassuming way of going about his business, which is underlined by great strength of character – as his recovery from such a bad injury last season proves.”

Valencia made 19 appearances for Manchester United last season, scoring three goals, including the opener in the Red Devil’s 4-1 win over Schalke in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.