Antonio Valencia may be playing his final season for Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming that the Ecuadorian is unlikely to extend his deal.
Valencia, United’s captain, has endured a difficult spell this campaign with injuries, limiting him to eight games this season.
The former Wigan forward’s deal expires at the end of the season, but it includes an option to extend his stay for one year.
⏰ – The end of the road for Antonio Valencia at @ManUtd?
The club has until 5pm today to trigger his contract extension and here's what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to say…
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However, Solskjaer ahead of United’s game with Southampton said via Sky: “At the moment I’m not sure if Man United and Antonio will agree on [a deal for] the next year.
“He’s not 100 per cent fit, he’s had a fantastic career here at Manchester United and in England. He’s one of the only Premier League winners left in the dressing room.
“It depends on if he gets on the pitch in the next few months. He’s the captain and a great servant to the club so hopefully, I can get him on the pitch to show what he can do.”
Another key player that is yet to extend his stay is David de Gea who remains locked in negotiations over a new contract.
Solskjaer added: “No updates from me on that one – of course, the club and David are in dialogue.
“Hopefully they will agree. It is out of my hands anyway but I am sure we will do what we can.
“David has done fantastic since he came, the club really showed how much they wanted him back in the day when Eric and the gaffer found him.
Ole on @D_DeGea: "David's won so many points for us over the years. I would say he's the best goalkeeper in the world. His personality is fantastic — he's so humble but confident as well." #MUFC pic.twitter.com/M4yHiIxlNU
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“There were probably ‘keepers there that were better at that time but the belief the manager showed in him when he was criticised early on has paid dividends now.
“He has been player of the year for the last four or five years. We are grateful to have him but then again we have Sergio and Lee, so we have a fantastic goalkeeper department.
“I don’t think there is any manager in the world who would beat me on that respect.”
United will be aiming to maintain their winning form against the Saints in the bid to clinch a Champions League ticket.