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Antonio Valencia: "My civil status is single"

Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia issues a statement declaring himself "single" following press allegations of infidelity.

Manchester United full-back Antonio Valencia has issued a statement declaring that his "civil status is single" amid press allegations of infidelity.

The 31-year-old has previously referred to long-term partner Zoila Meneses as his "wife", "my love" and "my inspiration", but has been accused by a tabloid of flying over 23-year-old Sophie Vagsaeter from England for a night in a hotel following the Manchester derby earlier this month.

In his statement on Twitter, Valencia wrote: "In relation to recent news concerning my personal life, it is important to clarify that my current civil status is single. Over the past few months I have not had any formal relationship.

"I am sorry if recent personal events have generated confusion or distress. I kindly request the media not to interfere in our personal and family life.

"As usual, my efforts are focused on my professional career and on my daughter."

Valencia has started all six of United's Premier League games so far this term, including Saturday's 4-1 defeat of champions Leicester City.

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