Valencia signs new contract with Man United

Updated: Aug 01, 2011, 20:08 PM IST

London: Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia has signed a new four-year contract with English champions Manchester United to keep him at Old Trafford until 2015, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 25-year-old has made a big impact since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2009, although he was sidelined for much of last season with a broken ankle.

"Antonio has made a fantastic contribution since his arrival. His speed, crossing ability and versatility have been a big asset for us," manager Alex Ferguson told United`s website.

"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 has made 69 appearances for United, scoring 10 goals.

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