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Valencia signs with Manchester United

Antonio Valencia has signed with Manchester United from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The Ecuador international has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League champions, delighting manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan," Ferguson told the club's official website.

"I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team."

Valencia, 23, admitted signing with the Red Devils was a dream come true and could not wait to take the pitch with Old Trafford superstars.

"Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me," said Valencia.

"I have enjoyed my time at Wigan, but I am thrilled to have the chance to challenge for the biggest honours in club football here.

"Playing in front of 76,000 fans alongside players like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs will be an amazing experience. I can't wait to get started."

Andrew Slevison
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