Chelsea appear to have suffered a considerable blow in their pursuit of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, with the player having stated a desire to remain with the club.
In an interview that was quoted by talkSPORT, the Colombian striker - who is currently out of action following surgery on a nasty knee injury - appeared quick to re-affirm his commitment to his current employers and confirmed that his recovery is progressing well.
"I want to play for Monaco in the next years. My injury? It's going well, the dream to play the World Cup is giving me strength," he said.
The news that Falcao wants to stay with Monaco is likely to come as a significant disappointment to Chelsea.
The inconsistent form in front of goal displayed by the likes of Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and the much-maligned Fernando Torres has led many to believe that manager Jose Mourinho will be in the market for a new marksman this summer, with Falcao - along with in-form Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa - thought to be his primary targets.
Colombia international Falcao - reportedly rated at around the £60 million mark - only joined Monaco from La Liga title-chasers Atletico Madrid last summer.
Having notched nine goals in his first 17 domestic appearances for the wealthy French outfit, the player saw his season ended prematurely and in cruel fashion after sustaining an injury during a 3-0 French Cup win at Chasselay Monts d'or Azergues back in January - an unfortunate event that has also put his place in the World Cup in severe doubt.
His formidable goalscoring record across Europe would suggest he could adapt very well indeed to life in the Premier League, however, it would now seem that Chelsea will have to focus their attentions elsewhere with Falcao focused on his Monaco future.
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