Antonio Valencia to leave United next week

Antonio Valencia
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on November 25, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Manchester United defender Antonio Valencia could reportedly leave the club before the end of the January transfer window, according to Sports Mole.

Valencia’s current deal with United expires at the end of the season and having fallen out of favour, was expected to leave on a free transfer in June.

However, reports in the English press say the Red Devils are prepared to allow the Ecuador international to leave either on loan or on a free before the transfer window closes on January 31, which has attracted the attention of Newcastle United and Fulham.

CARDIFF, WALES - APRIL 21: Liverpool player James Milner in action during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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The Liverpool footballer will not watch the game between the two Manchester teams, but he hopes the Red Devils can win to help the Reds lift the title.

Valencia, who will turn 34 later this year, has made played over 300 games for United since joining the club from Wigan Athletic in 2009.

The right-back is still officially United’s club captain, but has only featured in five Premier League games this season and was again left out of the squad for Friday’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.

Valencia is currently behind Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot for the right-back position at Manchester United this season.