Monaco striker, Radamel Falcao, has finally put any transfer speculation surrounding his future to rest, by stressing he will be playing his football in the Principality next season, as reported by the Daily Star.
Falcao stunned the football world when he joined big spending Monaco last summer, in a deal that was reported to be worth around €60 million, however after an injury laden season which saw the 28-year old make just 17-appearances, speculation surrounding his future has been very much a talking point this summer.
Premier League interest
Jose Mourinho has been a long term admirer of the player with reports suggesting Chelsea have been interested in a summer move for the Colombian.
Manchester City have also been keeping an eye on the forward and following the news that their Spanish international striker Alvaro Negredo, is expected to miss the first three months of the season due to a broken foot, the Premier League Champions were expected to make their move.
Real Madrid speculation
Reports a few weeks back suggested that Facao's Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, was paving the way for the Columbian to leave the Principality in a spectacular return to the Spanish capital with Real Madrid and not his former club Atletico.
Falcoa spent two successful seasons with Atletico Madrid from 2011-2013, scoring an incredible 52 goals in 68 appearances, and it was no secret at the time that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wanted to land the striker.
In fact such was the interest, Perez joked with Falcao one evening at an awards ceremony when he asked Casillas to pass the Columbian a napkin, referring to a similar message the president wrote on a napkin ahead of landing Zidane in 2001.
Personal terms between the player and Real Madrid officials are believed to have been agreed, however these appear to be unfounded following Falcao's comments, and the fact that Real have just secured the services of James Rodriguez, making it difficult to see how the 28-year old will fit into the side.
Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema, dubbed: "BBC," by the Spanish press, combined for an incredible 97 goals out of the 160 scored by the team over the 60 games last season, and Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez believes the three have created an optimal understanding that could flourish even more in their second season together.
On that evidence alone it would be difficult to see how Carlo Ancelotti would accommodate the striker, other than providing support to the frontline attack.
Falcao or Cavani?
For now it appears Falcao is going nowhere after he committed his future to Monaco stressing he believes in the project that the owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, is putting in place.
He said: "I believe in Monaco's project.
"I want to stay here and play Champions League football with Monaco.
"We will strengthen the team in order to be ready for the Champions League."