Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that club captain Antonio Valencia will leave the club after this season. The Norwegian made the revelation in his pre-match conference for the Premier League encounter against West Ham United.
Valencia has been on the fringes of the squad for the past couple of seasons and it doesn’t come as a surprise for any of the parties involved and the fans. Solskjaer said that he is on the lookout for a new captain but will have to ‘see who’s here for next season’.
“We’ll see who’s here for next season and I’ve got a couple of players in my head that could be captain,” he said.
“We’ve had Antonio (Valencia), he’s going, we’ve had Ashley (Young), we’ve had Paul (Pogba), we’ve had David (de Gea), Chris (Smalling) has been captain, so there are players here who can be captain on the pitch.
“We just need to decide who’s the club captain. Who’s going to be the voice in and around [the place].”
Valencia joined Manchester United from Wigan Athletic in 2009 and has since made 338 appearances for them in all competitions. He has won two Premier League titles, two League Cups, an FA Cup, a UEFA Europa League and three Community Shields and also has 25 goals and 62 assists for them.