Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that captain Antonio Valencia will leave in the summer.
Following the club board’s decision to not trigger an extension clause he had on his expiring deal, Valencia will end a decade-long stay at Old Trafford.
The Ecuadorian joined United in the summer of 2009 from Wigan Athletic in a reported deal of £16m. Under Sir Alex Fergusen’s watch, Valencia converted from being a winger into a full-back.
He’s since managed 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.
Despite being named Michael Carrick’s replacement as captain by former manager Jose Mourinho, however, Valencia has only featured in five of United’s 32 Premier League games this term.
And now Solskjaer has confirmed that Valencia has reached the end of the road in his United career, while discussing who will take on the skipper’s armband for next season.
“We’ll see who’s here for next season and I’ve got a couple of players in my head that could be captain,” said Solskjaer, according to FourFourTwo.
“We’ve had Antonio (Valencia), he’s going; we’ve had Ashley (Young); we’ve had Paul (Pogba), we’ve had David (de Gea); Chris (Smalling) has been captain, so there are players here who can be captain on the pitch.
“We just need to decide who’s the club captain. Who’s going to be the voice in and around [the place].”
Arsenal, West Ham and DC United have been linked as potential destinations for Valencia this summer.
Meanwhile, United are preparing themselves for this afternoon’s Premier League clash with West Ham at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer’s side have lost four of their last five matches and will be desperate to turn that around in a crucial phase of the season.
The Red Devils are in the thick of the battle for a top-four spot in the league standings and need to overturn a 1-0 aggregate deficit in their Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona next Tuesday.