Jose Mourinho sends message to Antonio Valencia as former Manchester United captain announces retirement

Jose Mourinho has sent a tribute message to Antonio Valencia after the former Manchester United captain announced his retirement on Thursday.

The 35-year-old, who joined Mexican side Queretaro last November, has now called time on his playing career.

Valencia spent 10 seasons at United and helped the club win two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the Europa League and two EFL Cup trophies during his time at Old Trafford.

Valencia was initially signed by Sir Alex Ferguson from Wigan Athletic in 2009 but also played under David Moyes, Louis van Gaal, Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whilst at United.

After announcing his retirement, Valencia received several messages from ex-managers and teammates, including Mourinho, Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes.

Mourinho’s message said: ‘Antonio a pleasure to work with you and I wish you all the best.

‘You have been a champion and I only have good memories of my captain … 3 cups that you have raised cannot be removed. Big hug. JM.’

Rooney’s message to Valencia read: ‘Congratulations on a great career mate. Good luck in the next chapter.’

Meanwhile, Scholes said: ‘Congratulations on a brilliant career, absolutely loved playing and sharing a dressing room with you. All the best for the future x’

Robin van Persie wrote: ‘Happy retirement my friend! Was a joy to share the pitch with you, what a brilliant player & person you are!’

Javier Hernandez said: ‘I’m a lucky man to have shared part of my career with a player and a human being like you !! Thanks to you for so much man!’

Juan Mata wrote: ‘Congratulations on your magnificent career and a big hug friend, we miss you.’

Radamel Falcao said: ‘You are very great Antonio. A pleasure to share a dressing room with you. Congratulations on your career, enjoy this new stage.’


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