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Radamel Falcao: My relationship with Louis van Gaal is difficult to explain

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Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has given the clearest indication yet that he has no long-term future at Old Trafford after admitting he needs more continuity and that "every player needs to play".

Sport Witness has picked up some quotes accredited to the Colombian after linking up with Jose Pekerman's squad in Bahrain during the international break, whereby he addresses recent rumours regarding his current situation by stating he will make a decision - based on what's best for him - at the end of the season.

Falcao also spoke about his relationship with Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal, who appears to have lost faith in the South American marksman over the past couple of months, limiting the AS Monaco loanee to brief cameo appearances in recent weeks.

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"The personal relationship with him is difficult to explain," reflected the former FC Porto and Atletico Madrid hitman, as reported by Futbol Red. "Each coach has a different way to handle a group and there are cultures, ways of thinking and philosophies.

"He has to make decisions like any other coach, regardless of whether they are favourable or not. I try to behave properly and be professional at all times. I take the minutes that I have with the team.

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"I know that much has been said [but] I have to be calm, know that I'm okay. I only need to play and that will be clear when I have continuity."

Falcao's last start came during the 2-0 victory over Sunderland on February 28 where the 29-year-old successfully won a penalty for Van Gaal's side before being replaced by Marouane Fellaini later in the game.

He's been limited to substitute appearances in games against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool that followed and so will be hoping to get more minutes under his belt when Los Cafeteros take on Bahrain and then Kuwait in forthcoming friendlies over the next few days before returning to England for the remaining eight games of the Premier League campaign.

"When the championship is finished, I will sit and analyse and decide what is best for me," he added. "Obviously, I need a place to have continuity, where I can play.

"I'm completely with the club for the remaining eight games. Anything can happen. Every player needs to play and playing makes you happy."

With just four goals in 22 appearances in all competitions this term Falcao's debut campaign in England has been nothing short of disastrous and so it's highly unlikely that Manchester United will agree to pay close to €55 million to secure his signature permanently in the summer.

Uncertain future

That means the much-maligned striker will probably end up returning to Stade Louis II if his agent Jorge Mendes is unable to negotiate a better deal for his client in the forthcoming transfer window.

Despite his recent fall from grace, interest in Falcao still appears to be relatively high, with The Sun reporting today that both Chelsea and Liverpool are considering temporary loan offers for the Red Devils flop ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

With current wages believed to be around £280,000-a-week it seems absurd that Brendan Rodgers or Jose Mourinho would want to make such a significant investment in a player that has failed to rediscover his best form following a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury last year, but like Falcao pointed out "anything can happen" in football.

Manchester United fans: Do you think Radamel Falcao will still be at Old Trafford next season? If Chelsea or Liverpool's alleged interest is true, could that affect Louis van Gaal's decision over the Colombian's future? Have your say below…

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