Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia insists he feels 10 years younger than he actually is, with the former Wigan player capping off an impressive performance for the Red Devils on Sunday with a goal in their 3-1 defeat of Middlesbrough.
The 31-year-old Ecuadorian has been one of United's best performers these last few seasons, and won the Sir Matt Busby trophy at the club five years ago. He seems to be on course for another one, and has already been named Premier League Player of the Month on two occasions this term.
Speaking to Inside United in an exclusive interview, the 31-year-old revealed that he had plans on staring at the club for years to come.
"I’ve changed in a lot of ways [since then] but with my willingness to keep on training hard, my hunger to keep on improving and my desire to want to remain here at United," he said. "I feel like I’m still just 21 years old.
"I’m thankful to this great institution [the club] which has given me the chance to fulfil my dreams. And, of course, I’ll continue to fight hard to remain here for a bit longer!"
Valencia moved to Old Trafford from Wigan in 2009, joining the side as a winger. However, his ability to defend saw him converted to a full-back, and Jose Mourinho now believes that his player is one of the best in his position.
"Sir Alex would play me at right-back in a few games and I think he gradually began to realise that I could defend," he added. "David Moyes also used me in that role in a few games.
"Then came [Louis] Van Gaal and he played me there in a lot of games. I did a good job there and he continued to play me at right-back. Now the gaffer has come here and he’s given me the opportunity to keep working up and down that right-hand side which I’m enjoying."