The 93-cap Ecuador international is coming to the end of his contract at Old Trafford and Luis Valencia has confirmed that the 33-year-old will not be extending his deal at the giants of English football as he seeks out a two year deal to provide consistency in the final years of his career.
Speaking of potential options for his son, Luis named West Ham alongside Arsenal, Inter Milan and a Chinese club but insisted things can change in football.
He said to El Universo: “Definitely will not continue in Manchester. He wants to change the air and the club is not going to renew him either. He wants to choose the best option, but above all he wants to sign a contract for two years.
“Arsenal, West Ham, Inter Milan and one of China were the options, but in football everything is changing.”
West Ham signing a veteran full back with bags of Premier League experience on a free transfer from a club based in Manchester – sound familiar Irons fans? Pablo Zabaleta has turned out to be a decent signing for the club and so there may well be hopes of replicating that particular success story with Valencia’s capture. Unlike the former Manchester City star, the Manchester United man has not been playing on a regular basis and as such there could well be doubts over his fitness levels heading into the new season. Still, you just have to look at the clubs interested in him to see that the Hammers signing him up would be something of a coup and if Manuel Pellegrini believes he can do a job at the London Stadium they why not give him a chance. A one year contract with a one year extension clause – automatically triggered after a certain amount of appearances – should give him the protection he wants from his next move while ensuring he does not turn out to be a waste of money for the east Londoners.