Antonio Valencia thanks Manchester United supporters ahead of final goodbye at Old Trafford

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& # 39; It means the world to me & # 39 ;: Antonio Valencia thanks Manchester United supporters prior to last farewell at Old Trafford against Cardiff

  • Antonio Valencia will leave Manchester United after Sunday's game
  • Valencia has won two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups
  • The 33-year-old has enjoyed a memorable period at Old Trafford

Antonio Valencia thanked Manchester United fans for their undivided support in the last decade, when the outgoing captain was preparing for a & # 39; roller coaster of emotions & # 39; when he last wore the red shirt.

The 33-year-old has enjoyed a memorable period at Old Trafford since arriving in Wigan in 2009, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups before heading to the Europa League glory.

Valencia has gone from flying winger to marauding full-back during his time at a club that is now saying goodbye to his 339th and final appearance for United in Sunday's season finale against Cardiff.

Antonio Valencia thanked Manchester United fans for their undivided support

The international Ecuador will leave the club when his contract expires this summer, ending a period of his life that he will always remember.

& # 39; It means the world to me – a rollercoaster of emotions from grief to ecstasy, & # 39; said Valencia prior to Sunday's game, when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer planned a celebratory farewell.

I'm sorry to have won everything as a player here and these moments will be missed.

& # 39; Sadness also because & # 39; we as a team have suffered heavy defeats, but through the support of & # 39; e fans we have succeeded in uplifting ourselves and I have no doubt that they will enjoy more success in the present future than they deserve.

& # 39; They have always supported me, even in my darkest days with serious injuries.

& # 39; My wife and daughter and closest friends will participate in my last game.

& # 39; I hope they enjoy and enjoy the opportunity as I do, to & # 39; t put their commitment and support into & # 39; The past 10 years have been crucial to my success.

& # 39; My message to all Manchester United fans on behalf of myself and my family is to thank you for giving me your undivided support.

& # 39; I wish them all the best for the future and that future teams will deliver you great victories in the field and as much success as they can conquer. & # 39;

Valencia have failed to make an impact at United this season, with the skipper having made only one appearance since the arrival of Solskjær due to injury issues.

But there were many times when he had spent the years starring in the stars, which he found to be the player of the & # 39; a club's annual awards in 2012 and two years ago he was named Player of the Year.

Long-serving Valencia (right) will leave Manchester United at the end of the season

Long-serving Valencia (right) will leave Manchester United at the end of the season

& # 39; I had two moments that didn't come up, & # 39; said Valencia, and thought about his decade at United.

& # 39; The game against Bayern Munich in & # 39; e Champions League (in 2010) and in the 20th minute we were 2-0. It was the most memorable atmosphere I experienced as a player. It was pitch-tingling and incredible.

& # 39; My first piece of silverwork with United, Carling Cup 2010, because I had reached the height of my dreams in Ecuador as a young boy.

& # 39; Half a month, my family and friends called me excited with emotion, lest they finally make my childhood dreams come true. & # 39;

But the United chapter of Valencia's football story won't be the last.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has confirmed that he will be looking for a new captain this summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has confirmed that he will be looking for a new captain this summer

He is determined to help Ecuador flourish at Copa America this summer and believes there is plenty of gas left in the tank.

& # 39; I just concentrated in & # 39; e Copa America with my nation, & # 39; added Valencia.

& # 39; The success of my nation is very important to me & crucial, because it brought me to this world and gave me the platform to who I am today.

& # 39; This is the only thing in my mind after last Monday's game at Old Trafford.

& # 39; After that, I will sit down with my family and consultants and ponder the matter, in order that I would still play for two, three years. & # 39;

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