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Valencia set to leave as United seek De Gea deal





Manchester United club captain Antonio Valencia is set to leave this summer after 10 years at Old Trafford.

Signed from Wigan under the noses of Real Madrid in 2009, Valencia has made 338 appearances for United and has two Premier League winners' medals.

Valencia, 33, was appointed captain by Jose Mourinho in the summer, but has just eight appearances this season.

A calf complaint is partly why he's made just one start under caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

It's believed the right-back has returned to Ecuador as he recovers from his latest injury and expects to leave United this summer.

Valencia's contract expires at the end of the season and a number of clubs are looking at a player keen to carry on.

Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ittihad wanted to sign him, but the recent sacking of ex-West Ham manager Slaven Bilic scuppered that.

Solskjaer, speaking before today's home game with Southampton, said: "He's still not 100 per cent fit.

"He's still working to get back fit and he's had a fantastic career here at United and in England. He's one of the Premier League winners left in the dressing room.

"But at the moment I'm not sure if United and Antonio will agree on the next year.

"But Antonio's a great servant to the club, so hopefully I can get him on the pitch so he can show what he can do. Or he can get himself 100 per cent and get back."

While Valencia looks set to move on, United are doing everything they can to agree a new deal with David De Gea.

Despite the goalkeeper's apparent desire to remain at a club he joined from Atletico Madrid in 2011, demands around the deal are understood to have held things up as talks continue with the Spaniard.

"No updates from me on that one," Solskjaer said.

"Of course, the club and David are in dialogue, so hopefully they'll agree.

"It's out of my hands but I'm sure we'll do what we can.

"David's done fantastic since he came. The club really showed how much they wanted him back when they found him.

"There was probably keepers there better at that time, but the belief that the manager showed in him with the criticism that he got early on just pays dividends now with the performances. He's been player of the year for the last four or five years, so we're grateful to have him.''

De Gea will start against Southampton when Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Matteo Darmian and Valencia will again be absent.

Anthony Martial could return after a groin complaint and Marcus Rashford expects to start after being on the bench in Wednesday's 3-1 win at Crystal Palace.

"Maybe Anthony could play, but it might be a few more days before he's ready," Solskjaer added.

"Rashford is ready, so I'll probably start him."