Bruce resigned to star's exit

06 February 2009 09:48
Wigan boss Steve Bruce has conceded it is 'inevitable' that Luis Antonio Valencia will leave the club.

The Ecuador winger was strongly linked with a move away from the JJB Stadium during last month's transfer window, but Wigan managed to keep hold of him.

Real Madrid failed in a loan move for Valencia, while Manchester United are believed to be lining up a swoop for the wide-man in the summer.

Bruce is resigned to losing the 23-year-old and he is already looking at possible replacements for Valencia.

Interest"It's inevitable he is leaving. There is so much interest in him - not just in this country but around the world," Bruce told The Mirror.

"We are talking about the biggest clubs in this country and Spain and beyond.

"There was a loan deal put to us by Real Madrid but it was not acceptable. We do have someone in mind to come in, but that is five months off."

Source: SKY_Sports