Valencia signs new Man United contract

LONDON - Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia has signed a new four-year contract with English champions Manchester United to keep him at Old Trafford until 2015, the Premier League club said on Monday.

The 25-year-old has made a big impact since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2009, although he was sidelined for much of last season with a broken ankle.

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"Antonio has made a fantastic contribution since his arrival. His speed, crossing ability and versatility have been a big asset for us," manager Sir Alex Ferguson told United's website.

"He has a quiet, unassuming way of going about his business, which is underlined by great strength of character - as his recovery from such a bad injury last season proves."

Valencia has made 69 appearances for United, scoring 10 goals.