Mourinho says Valencia is best right-back in world football
Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho says his right-back, Antonio Valencia is the best in that position in world football.
Mourinho showered praises on the Ecuadorian and does not think there is a better player in his position in football at the moment.
Chelsea’s Victor Moses has flourished in the same position, helping the club to a 14-match winning run having been used as a defender by Antonio Conte this season, but Mourinho believes Valencia is the best.
He was, however, converted to that position in 2015 and has emerged as one of the first names on the team-sheet under Mourinho.
When asked if Valencia’s form was the reason for his new deal, Mourinho told MUTV, “I don’t think it is a reward, I don’t see it in this perspective. I just think he is the best right-back you can have.
“There is no better right-back in football. It is just for us to keep the best. I don’t think it is a reward. It is a privilege for us to have such a good player and such a good man.”
The former Inter Milan boss added that he had wanted to sign Valencia for Real Madrid and that he thinks that he is currently playing the best football of his career.
“He was not playing at right-back [at the time I wanted him at Madrid]. Yes, I wanted him to play at right-back.
“But Manchester United was intelligent and strong, and immediately stopped any feeling about any possibility.
“Antonio is playing better than ever, I think. This season he is playing magnificently.”