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Valencia Joins Ecuadorian Club

Antonio Valencia, a former Manchester United defender, has signed for LDU Quito in his native country, Ecuador.

United decided not to extend his contract last season, allowing him to join the team on a free transfer after ten years at Old Trafford.

He had been linked with a move to the Major League Soccer in the United States of America, as well China, but has instead decided to return to Ecuador to play for the team who are currently seventh in the Ecuadorian Serie A.

Valencia will wear the same number 25 shirt he wore during his time at United.

He made a total of 339 appearances during a decade season for United, and won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a Europa League among others.

He also won the club’s Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award in the 2011-2012 season and was in the PFA Team of the Year in his first season at United in the 2009-2010 season. He captained the club during his latter years at the club.

Before joining the Manchester giants, Valencia spent three seasons at Wigan Athletic, and has also played for El Nacional of Ecuador, Villarreal and Recreativo in Spain.

A statement on LDU Quito’s website said: “One of the most outstanding players in the history of Ecuadorian football, Antonio Valencia, has joined the Whites.”

He represented his country in the ongoing Copa America in Brazil, but they finished bottom of their group after losing 4-0 to Uruguay and 2-1 to Chile, with a 1-1 result with Japan.

In total, he has won 96 caps for his Ecuador, scoring 11 goals.

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