Antonio Valencia has signed for LDU Quito in his native Ecuador after leaving Manchester United.
Valencia, who had been captain in his final years at Old Trafford, was released after 10 seasons when United declined to trigger a one-year extension option on his contract.
Joining from Wigan in 2009, Valencia made 339 appearances for United, scoring 25 goals and registering 62 assists.
He won two Premier League titles, two League Cups, the FA Cup and the Europa League in a successful period at United.
Since leaving, he had been representing Ecuador in the Copa America, but they finished bottom of their group containing Uruguay, Japan and Alexis Sanchez’s Chile.
Reports had linked Valencia with a move to the MLS, potentially to reunite with Wayne Rooney at DC United, but instead he joins LDU Quito, where he was announced in a video showing him walking into their dressing room and putting on his shirt.
Valencia then walks out in his new kit and stands on the centre circle, with the video confirming he will wear the 25 shirt number he wore during his time at United.
LDU Quito are currently 7th in Ecuador’s Serie A, at the midway point of the season, with the season resuming on July 7.- Advertisement -