Solskjaer in crucial contract update ahead of 5pm deadline

Date published: Friday 1st March 2019 10:09

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on the future of Antonio Valencia as he edges towards a crucial deadline on Friday.

Valencia’s current Manchester United contract expires in the summer, but the club have an option to extend it by a further year.

That clause expires at 5pm on Friday, and with Valencia having played just eight games all season due to injury and falling-out with previous manager Jose Mourinho, it seems unlikely he will stay at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer has hinted that the Ecuadorean could earn a new deal if he manages to prove his fitness and worth before the end of the season, but the 33-year-old is facing an uphill battle.

“He’s still not 100% fit, still working to get back fit,” he said.

“He’s had a fantastic career here at Manchester United and England, and is one of the Premier League winners left in the dressing room. But I’m not sure if Manchester United and Antonio will agree on the next year.

“It depends if he gets back on the pitch in the next few months but he’s the captain, a great servant to the club so hopefully I can get him on the pitch and show what he can do.”


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