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Antonio Valencia signs contract extension

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United’s player of the season has signed on until 2019

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Manchester United have extended the contract of the Premier League’s best right-back. Antonio Valencia is now committed to the club until 2019, with the option of an additional year. In his career at United, Valencia has been a good, if severely limited, winger, then a rubbish makeshift right-back. In the last two seasons though, he has become arguably the team’s most consistent performer, and is now both defensively sound and vital going forward.

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