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Antonio Valencia’s father reveals interest from Arsenal & Inter Milan

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Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia is being targeted by both Arsenal and Inter Milan, claims his father.

The Ecuadorian full-back is set to end a decade-long stay at United this summer following the club board’s decision to not trigger an extension clause he has on his existing contract.

Therefore, Valencia will be free to seek a move to any club he desires at the end of the season and is understood to be keen on a fresh start after falling completely out of favour at United this term.

Despite being named Michael Carrick’s replacement as captain by former manager Jose Mourinho, Valencia has only featured in five of United’s 30 Premier League games.

So this makes the 33-year-old surplus to requirements due to caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer preferring to stick with Ashley Young and Luke Shaw as his first-choice full-backs.

But Valencia’s father and agent, Luis, revealed that the two-time Premier League winner has no shortage of interest right now.

“He definitely will not continue in Manchester,” Luis told El Universal.

“He wants a change in the air and the club is not going to renew him either. Like everything in life, everything comes to an end.

“Arsenal, West Ham, Inter Milan and one club from China are options, but in football, everything is changing.

“He wants to choose the best option, but above all, he wants to sign a contract for two years.

“Not for the money, but for peace and hopefully, he told me, be hired by a team that fights for important things.”

Upon joining United from Wigan Athletic in 2009, Valencia has made 338 appearances for United in all competitions along with winning the Premier League twice, three Community Shields, two EFL Cups, FA Cup and the Europa League.

VALENCIA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 12: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United makes his way out onto the pitch during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Valencia and Manchester United at Estadio Mestalla on December 12, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)