UK Jose Mourinho sends message to former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia last minute news
PremierLeague-News.Com- Antonio Valencia announced his retirement from football, and former Man United manager Jose Mourinho has paid tribute.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to 'champion' Antonio Valencia after the former Manchester United captain announced his retirement from football. Valencia, 35, has retired after a 20-year career, with ten years spent at Old Trafford. He scored 25 goals in 339 appearances following his £19m move from Wigan in 2009. After leaving United in 2018 for a return to Ecuador, Valencia has now decided to retire and penned a classy message to his former club. He said: "At the age of 14, as a child, I left my village and my first team to travel to the capital of my country. I travelled with a lot of nostalgia bug full of hope. "A few years later I was able to travel to Europe, something I had never dreamed of. I played in Spain, and then came to my second home: England. Read More Related Articles Edinson Cavani deal shows Manchester United have a secret weapon in transfer window Read More Related Articles Former Manchester United captain Antonio Valencia announces retirement "Wigan was a unique experience, and then God gave me the opportunity to join Manchester United. I will never forget everything I experienced at Old Trafford. "I will never forget every goal, every trophy and the wonderful fans." And underneath his message on Instagram, his former manager Mourinho wrote his own tribute. Mourinho, who will take over at Roma next season, said: "Antonio a pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best. "You have been a champion and I only have good memories of my captain. 3 cups that you have raised cannot be removed.
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. JM" Also paying tribute to Valencia were United's longest serving player David de Gea and former defender Rio Ferdinand. De Gea wrote: "Congrats for your amazing career! Enjoy your retirement, hermano. We miss you!" Ferdinand posted: "What a career, what a player, what a man....One of the most humble men I know. Painfully shy but always made me smile with how shy he was! What a professional too, always doing extra training in the gym (so he could look like me) Pleasure to play with you. Enjoy retirement Tonio." Ander Herrera said: "One of the best I have played with, congratulations on that great career you have had and enjoy what is coming my friend! A hug." And Marcos Rojo's post said: "Congratulations on the career you did brother. I wish you the best in this new stage. It was a pleasure to share so many years together, you are a great person."
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