Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao could remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of this season, according to his mother.
As reported by ESPN, Carmenza Zarate has insisted that only God will decide whether the forward, who has endured a torrid debut campaign on English soil, will leave Manchester behind at the end of the season.
Falcao, of course, is currently on a season long loan deal with the Red Devils from French outfit Monaco, however he's failed to prove his credentials under Louis van Gaal throughout the course of the campaign, which has ultimately led to uncertainty over his long term future.
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In fact, the 29-year-old, who has been in and out of the starting XI this term, has only found the back of the net on four occasions in the Premier League.
And his mother has admitted that things haven't been easy for the forward in recent time, but believes he will become 'a goal-scorer' once again in the near future.
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Speaking to El Espectador, Zarate stated: "Not everything has been easy in Falcao's life.He has had some difficult moments in his career, particularly his injuries. They have slowed his progress and prevented him participating in important competitions like the World Cup in Brazil or have confined him to the bench, like in Manchester.
"However, I am certain everything has a sense in life, even if it's sometimes tough.
"I often remind him that after a test or a difficulty, blessings arrive. We hope for bigger and better things. God hasn't abandoned us, and so I'm sure that my son will become again what he has always been, a goal-scorer.
"Even if he's unhappy not to be in the starting XI, he has to accept the coach's decisions in a professional manner. He leaves the rest in the hands of God."
Zarate went on to claim that she doesn't think Red Devils chief Van Gaal holds anything personal against Falcao, claiming that the Dutch coach is just trying to deliver results for the Red Devils.
She continued by saying: "We have to respect Van Gaal as a coach and his method of working," she added. "I don't think it's something personal with Falcao, because he also does it with Angel Di Maria and Robin van Persie. It's his way of working, and you have to respect it. He has to deliver results for Manchester United and we'll see whether he achieves that.
"Falcao has nothing to prove to the media, to Van Gaal, to anybody. He knows what he can do as a footballer and that there is a good reason he has got to Manchester United. We have to wait and take things as they come."
His long term future is far from certain, of course, but his future may well still be in Manchester, as his mother finished by saying: "It's not a normal situation given what he has experienced in his career, but it happens in football.
"If God shows him a new path, he'll leave Manchester. If not, he'll stay."
Time to move on
One thing's for sure, it would come as a surprise if Manchester United put the cash forward to complete the signing of the struggling Colombian. At the end of the day, Falcao hasn't done enough in his short stint on English soil to prove that he deserves a long term contract with the club.
Of course, some will say that he's still getting over his injury, but at 29-year of age, his best years may well be behind him, so it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Red Devils hierarchy invested in youth in the next window.
Falcao may well enjoy success in the game again, but it surely won't be at the Theatre of Dreams. The time is right to move on.
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