Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cleared the air surrounding struggling United skipper Antonio Valencia.
The Ecuador international has been out of action since January 2, and looks likely to turn the exit door-knob and head out of Old Trafford at the end of the season.
United have failed to keep the 33-year-old nailed to the club. United did not trigger the one-year clause on Valencia contract before 5pm on Friday, making it clear they would not hold on to him any longer.
Valencia will be allowed to leave United on a free at the end of the season, and Solskjaer will not be in his way.
It’s been hard for Valencia to dust himself up and get back to full fitness, making a meagre eight appearances this campaign for the Red Devils. Ashley Young already has the skipper’s spot and has been plying his role at right-back in a fascinating fashion. He’s beaten Valencia to the spot as the Ecuadorian eyes a comeback soon.
Caretaker boss Solskjaer is hopeful he can get the defender back to fitness.
Valencia is United’s longest serving player and one of the few Premier League winners left in the dresser.
Unfortunately, he may have to leave at the end of the season with no deal struck by United for him to stay put at the outfit.
Solskjaer said: “He’s had a fantastic career here at Manchester United and England, and he’s one of the Premier League winners left in the dressing-room, but I’m not sure if United and Antonio will agree on the next year.”