Radamel Falcao has endured another miserable season in England and it won’t have come as a shock to the Colombian striker to discover that Chelsea have no plans to sign him on a permanent transfer this summer.
The 30-year-old has made 10 Premier League appearances for his current loan club this season, netting a pitiful one goal, and looks a completely different player to the world-class striker who scored goals for fun with FC Porto and Atletico Madrid a few years back.
Quite why Jose Mourinho agreed to sign Falcao on a loan deal in the first place is baffling. The South American was dreadful last season at Manchester United; a shadow of his former self following that serious knee injury he suffered back in 2014.
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Falcao has admitted that Chelsea told him he wouldn’t be offered a permanent contract back in February - and he has confirmed to reporters that he will return to his parent club, AS Monaco, this summer.
"In February, Chelsea told me that they were no longer counting on me, so I will not be continuing with that club,” Falcao was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "Monaco made a big investment in me and they want some return on that. They want me back at the club for next season.
"I need to have minutes, to play, and we'll see what happens. Monaco want to see what my position is in a year, to see what possibilities I have."
Falcao: River Plate wanted me
Falcao admits that he could have joined River Plate in January, but Monaco and Chelsea wanted him to continue in Europe.
"River approached me to know the possibility to return but at that time Monaco, Chelsea and me had in mind to continue in Europe,” he added.
"Then in February, Chelsea told me that I was not going to be taken into account for the future and I tried it [to go back to River] but it was too late."
Falcao's sad fall from grace
It’s sad to see what Falcao, one of the best strikers on the planet at his peak, has become over the past two years.
Interestingly, the Colombian has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish club could be forgiven if they opted against signing their former hero.
Could Simeone get Falcao performing again?
However, if anyone can get Falcao playing well again - provided his knee allows him - it’s surely Diego Simeone.
The Argentine coach has worked wonders with Fernando Torres, who has rediscovered his form and confidence after his career took a Radamel Falcao-esque dip for the best part of four years.
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