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Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia has signed a new three-year contract with the Red Devils, keeping him at the club till 2017. He also has an option to extend the deal until June 2018.

The Ecuador captain, who is looking to steer his country into the knockout phase of the World Cup, said that it was a 'dream come true to play for Manchester United.' He added that he was looking forward to get back to 'winning ways'.

"My time at Manchester United has been like a dream come true. To be the first Ecuadorian player to win the English Premier League was a very proud moment for me and for my country," Valencia told Manchester United's official site.

"I am so happy to have signed a new deal and am looking forward to working with Louis van Gaal. There is great team spirit within the club and we are all determined to get back to winning ways," he added.

Valencia, who signed from Wigan Athletic in 2009, has gone on to establish himself as a key member of the squad winning two Premier League titles and also picking up the Players' and Fans' Player of the Year award for the 2011-12 season.

United's assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who has played with Valencia was happy that the winger has committed his future to the club. The Red Devils legend also praised his ability to adapt to various roles. Valencia has shown that he is as comfortable at right-back as he is on the wings.

"I'm really pleased Antonio has signed a new contract. His contribution to the team since he joined the club in 2009 has been fantastic," Giggs said.

"Antonio is a very powerful player with great speed and versatility. He is very professional in his approach to training and I am delighted he has committed his future to the club," the Welshman added.