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.
Manchester United could welcome eight players from injury when they take on Watford on Saturday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sweating over the fitness of a host of crocked stars ahead of a crucial Premier League fixture.
United seek to break back into the top four, but saw five first-team stars withdraw from international duty due to injury.
Strikers Marcus Rashford (ankle) and Romelu Lukaku (foot) were sent home from international duty due to injuries, while Anthony Martial was forced to pull out of the France squad with a knee problem.
Martial withdrew from the France squad with a knee injury while Englishman Luke Shaw was unable to link up with his international team-mates, while Serbia’s Nemanja Matic too remained in Manchester.
But reports have indicated all five injured stars will be available for selection against Watford. Lukaku is unlikely to start and is the biggest doubt of the quintet.
United will, however be without forward Alexis Sanchez who is still recovering from a knee injury.
United are just two points off fourth place and will want to overtake Arsenal with a win over Watford, as the Gunners do not play until Monday night.
The Red Devils have also received a significant boost in defence with Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian all ready to return to action.
Valencia played 90 minutes for Ecuador against the United States last week, but has not featured for United since the start of January.
Marcos Rojo is set to return to first-team training this week in another boost for Manchester United.
The Argentine defender has been out of the squad since December with a mystery injury.
Rojo, 28, picked up the problem during the Champions League clash away at Valencia during the middle of the festive period.
The ex-Sporting Lisbon ace has been given the go-ahead to resume ball work over the next few days.
Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not rush Rojo back to first-team football after what happened during the Arsenal game at Old Trafford where he was thrown into the team immediately, but he will have his workouts intensified.
“Rojo will be back in training in the next 24 hours or so but a firm comeback date isn’t set,” sources from Old Trafford told The Sun.
“He is running and will now start ball work. He won’t be rushed back but it’s another boost for the squad.”
Chris Smalling and Captain Antonio Valencia have shaken of injuries and will be back soon. Despite not featuring during the Leicester City match, Smalling is up and running and could be in contention to return against Fulham on Saturday if called upon.
Rojo signed a new deal last year but has been ravaged by injuries over the last couple of seasons.
United takes on Fulham in the early kick-off on Saturday.