Chelsea transfer target Radamel Falcao appears to have played down talk of a potential move to Real Madrid.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper Marca that was quoted by Goal.com, the Colombian forward - who is reportedly rated at around £60 million and has been linked with the Blues in recent months - insisted that his only focus at the present time is to continue to recuperate from the terrible knee injury that has threatened his participation in this summer's World Cup.
"Football fans I've spoken to in Madrid have been wishing me a swift recovery and say they hope I go to the World Cup. Some people ask if I will join Real Madrid, but these are just
opinions. Anyway, I tell them my only concern right now is to recover soon," he said.
However, while it does not necessarily look like Falcao will be on his way to the Santiago Bernabeu, Chelsea fans should not get too excited as it as the 28-year-old gave the impression that his attentions were focused only making an impact with Monaco - the club he joined from Atletico Madrid last summer.
"I am realistic, I am aware of my injury and I just want to recover to play with my new club, Monaco. And if we qualify for Champions League in France, I want to be ready for next season. Now I do not think about anything other than my knee getting better."
Chelsea's reported interest in Falcao and strikers of a similar ilk appears to stem from a lack of consistency from their current crop of frontmen.
Although Samuel Eto'o has grown in stature since moving to Stamford Bridge from Anzhi Makhachkala towards the end of last year's transfer window, plenty of doubts seem to continue over the form of much-maligned Spaniard Fernando Torres as well as teammate Demba Ba.
For now, however, it seems that both Jose Mourinho and former employers Real Madrid - who boast one of the best strikers in the world in the form of Frenchman Karim Benzema - would be better off on focusing on other, more attainable summer targets.