Radamel Falcao feels weird at Manchester United and hasn’t been content there this season, according to the man credited as being his ‘mentor’ in the game.
Silvano Espindola, who was the man responsible for ensuring that the Colombian forward made a move to River Plate early on in his career, has revealed that he has been in close contact with Falcao, and as a result is privy to the striker’s thoughts and feelings.
What the rumours say
As can be expected the 29-year-old is reportedly less than happy with how his debut campaign in England has gone, and didn’t know how to handle the fact that Louis van Gaal made him play with the U21 squad earlier on this month.
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Having been left as a unused substitute during United’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal, Falcao was then made to feature for the U21 side; an appearance that opened the floodgates up for speculation regarding his future.
As Espindola confirmed, via an interview with AS Colombia, Falcao himself was less than comfortable with this experience: "I'm not going to say he is happy because he is not. We've talked many times, and cried together. It is not an easy situation because every player wants to play, and every striker wants to score goals, that is normal. But at this time it is not happening and this is part of football. He is recovering his best form.
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“When he was on his way to the ground to play this game with the reserves, he called me. We spoke for 20 minutes until he reached the stadium and he told me, 'I’ve never been through something like this, I don’t know how to deal with this situation. It feels weird for me!'
"In addition, he also felt a little nervous because he was afraid of playing games against these players and the second division and the third division. At these levels, they’re used to hard tackles and fouls. That’s how he got injured in France, with a team from the fourth division."
Taking home mooted wages of around £265,000-a-week, the Falcao experiment has certainly been a costly one for United, and if they decide they do want to capture him on a permanent basis they’ll still have to fork out close to £43 million in transfer fees come the summer. That’s one of the factors making it unlikely that he’ll remain in Manchester past the end of this season, particularly with Van Gaal sure to want to put his finances towards heavy investment.
If he does return to France fans will be left scratching their heads at Falcao’s failed spell on English shores, made all the more surprising by his impeccable record virtually everywhere else he’s been. Yet there may be light on the horizon, with his reputation sure to be enough to guarantee interest in his signature from a host of major European outfits.
Boasting super-agent Jorge Mendes as his chief representative, Falcao will be confident that he can broker a deal to end his spell at AS Monaco and restore faith in his abilities somewhere else. Real Madrid look perhaps the most likely suitors given how they annually purchase a big-name star, and their interest in the forward has been registered in the past.
As for Van Gaal, he might well ponder what might have been. Given the creative talents that the Red Devils boast within their ranks it seemed a formality that Falcao would spend this season firing on all cylinders. In that respect he’s not the only one who will be feeling short-changed.
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