New Manchester United signing Antonio Valencia has revealed that his move to Old Trafford represents a ‘dream come true’.
The Ecuador winger, who cost United a reported £16million, is likely to be the first of a number of new arrivals at the Premier League champions as manager Sir Alex Ferguson seeks to replace the departed Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.
“Joining Manchester United is a dream come true for me,” said the 23-year-old.
“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.
“I hope the fans at Wigan can understand that I am an ambitious guy and a chance like this might never come again for me.
“I am happy that the club has benefited from the move financially because I owe them such a lot. I have had a great time here.”
Ferguson believes Valencia can help Manchester United to a record fourth consecutive league title.
“Antonio is a player we have admired for some time now, having spent the last two years in the Premier League with Wigan,” he said.
“I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team.”