Falcao rubbishes Monaco exit claims

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Both Radamel Falcao and Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri have rubbished claims the Colombian striker could be on the move already having only joined the Ligue 1 side this summer.

Reports from Spain suggested that Falcao wanted to leave after Monaco paid €60 million for his services in May because of the requirement that they comply with French tax law that means the country's top earners pay up to 75% in tax. In order to participate in Ligue 1. As a principality Monaco has a considerably lower tax rate.

That had prompted reports that Real Madrid, Chelsea and Manchester City were amongst a host of teams chasing the former Porto forward.

However both Ranieri and Falcao have moved to dismiss the claims made by Marca as "lies".

I would simply like to say that the article in Marca is a tissue of lies,” L'Equipe reported him as saying. “It's just a load of rubbish. I'm very happy in Monaco. I chose this project."

Chelsea and Manchester City were heavily linked with Falcao before he decided to head to Monaco, who are being bankrolled by billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

"What do you want me to say?" Ranieri, former manager of Chelsea, insisted. "The rumours are rumours. Falcao is staying at Monaco. Of course he's happy here. His child [Dominique, born on August 13] was born here -- he feels good here."

Team-mate Jeremy Toulalan added: "After the way he played on Sunday, there's nothing to worry about. They're questions that have no place to be asked."

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