Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has spoken out on Radamel Falcao's switch to Manchester United, apologising to the club's fans and explaining that they could ultimately not stop the striker from leaving.
Highly-rated Colombian international Falcao swapped Stade Louis II for Old Trafford on transfer deadline day, completing an initial loan move to the Premier League which could be worth as much as £24 million and is additionally believed to include the option to make the switch permanent next summer.
Falcao's departure marks another disappointing loss for Monaco supporters, who had already seen his compatriot James Rodriguez - the World Cup Golden Boot winner who also joined Les Rouges et Blancs from Porto in 2013 - move to Real Madrid last month.
And while Vasilyev was apologetic following Falcao's transfer, he insisted that Monaco were effectively powerless to prevent it from happening.
"I am sorry to our supporters for the departure of Radamel Falcao", the Russian told the club's official website in an interview that was brought to our attention by talkSPORT.
"But we felt that once the player had expressed his desire to join Manchester United, we couldn't stop him."
No lasting impact?
While many disgruntled fans and pundits alike have predicted that Monaco - who will compete in the Champions League this year after finishing runners-up in Ligue 1 to Paris Saint-Germain last season - will feel the effects of Rodriguez and Falcao's respective exits, Vasilyev evidently believes that their progress will not be stunted as a result.
"Our project does not end here and we will continue to progress and give everything to make the best season," he added.
"I wish the best to Radamel to Manchester United, but I'm sure we'll have some results this season."
Manchester United's signing of Falcao certainly made quite an impact on Monday, with many originally expecting the former Atletico Madrid man to return to the Spanish capital and join Real.
However, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward - who faced a barrage of criticism from fans in 2013 thanks to his part alongside David Moyes in the Red Devils' disappointing summer transfer business - was presumably keen to ensure that Manchester United were not found wanting this time around.
With Angel di Maria and Daley Blind also now on board, manager Louis van Gaal will be hoping to pick up his first win in charge very soon after a less than certain start to life in England.
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