Manchester United ace Antonio Valencia is reportedly demanding sit-down talks with boss Jose Mourinho as he wants to agree a new contract.
The Ecuadorian international is currently sidelined after sustaining a broken arm last month, but prior to the setback he had established himself as a key figure for the Portuguese tactician.
Although some will question the 31-year-old’s ability to be the long-term answer at right back at Old Trafford, he evidently did enough to impress Mourinho to ensure that he was an important part of his early plans at United having taken charge in the summer.
However, according to The Sun, Valencia now wants to see that form and trust rewarded with a new contract, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the season.
It’s added in the report that he’s happy in Manchester and wants to stay, and has a 12-month extension option on his current £85,000-a-week deal.
On United’s part, it’s claimed that they value him highly and want him to stay, and so there should be no real obstacles to getting a deal done to extend his stay at the club further.
The United stalwart joined the club from Wigan in 2009 and has gone on to make just short of 200 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils with his versatility and willingness to do a job for his manager helping him endear himself to various coaches that have come and gone in recent years.
His pace, energy, work ethic and defensive improvement all make a new contract seem like a sensible idea, but time will tell as to whether negotiations will run smoothly and if he will be offered new terms before his head is turned with his current deal having just months remaining on it.