Nuno Espirito Santo has played down speculation linking Valencia with a prospective summer move for Radamel Falcao, after insisting that he's unaware of the club's alleged interest in signing the Manchester United striker.
Earlier this month The Sun reported that the Colombia international was being lined up for a potential transfer to the Mestalla, with new owner Peter Lim said to be keen on bringing the 29-year-old back to La Liga.
Falcao has flopped spectacularly since joining the Red Devils on a season-long loan deal from AS Monaco, contributing a paltry four goals in 20 appearances during his time at Old Trafford.
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It's unlikely that Louis van Gaal will take up the option to make the South American's switch permanent, meaning he faces an uncertain future when he leaves Manchester United at the end of 2014/15.
A return to Spain has been mooted where Falcao enjoyed a prolific spell with Atletico Madrid. Lim's well-documented relationship with the player's agent Jorge Mendes would be key to brokering the £46 million deal required for his signature.
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However, when questioned about the possibility of the £265,000-a-week star joining the ranks at Valencia, Nuno stated that he'd been given no indication that the Manchester United loanee would be with Los Che next season.
"I don't know anything about any possible interest from Valencia for Falcao," he was quoted by InsideSpanishFootball.com telling the gathered media during his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
The 41-year-old coach was also asked about his side's chances of qualifying for the Champions League next season, with Valencia currently occupying fourth place in the Primera Division table, five points ahead of Sevilla in fifth spot and one behind the reigning champions in third.
"It's going to need more than the seventy points we'd predicted, because every year it's more difficult to be amongst the top positions in the table," he reflected. "Also, we've coincided with the best seasons of our nearest rivals."
Valencia host Deportivo La Coruna on Friday evening and after losing the corresponding fixture earlier in the season Nuno will be hoping for a positive response in his pursuit of three more important points.
Champions League hopes
"We're not out for revenge as that can blind you to the task at hand, which is to win the game," he concluded. "Our focus is simply on our opponents.
"They're not going to be easy to beat. They play good football and they're fighting for something important in the league [avoiding relegation from La Liga]."
If Valencia are successful in their quest to gain entry into Europe's elite club competition then they'll probably need to strengthen their team to have any real chance of challenging the other European powerhouses.
Falcao used to have a reputation as one of the most prolific strikers on the continent, but after a hugely disappointing spell in England is he even up to the task? Have your say below!