Radamel Falcao has revealed his admiration for the Premier League, and for Manchester United star Ryan Giggs in particular.
The Atletico Madrid striker is one of the hottest properties in world football, and has been linked with a move to Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.
And the Colombian international dropped the biggest hint yet that he could one day play in the Premier League, revealing his love for the game in England, and his particular fondness for Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs.
Speaking in a recent interview, Falcao said: "I think English football is an important league. It was where football was born and people follow it passionately. It is one of the most followed leagues worldwide.
"Also I admire a lot of players who have played in the Premier League. One who is still playing is Ryan Giggs. He continues to be a very elegant player."
Falcao is widely regarded to be one of the best number nine's in world football, and his reported £46m release clause has led to speculation he could be sold by his Spanish club.
Atletico Madrid sit second in La Liga, eight points behind league leaders Barcelona, but seven points clear of third-placed Real Madrid.
Falcao has been instrumental this campaign - only Lionel Messi has scored more league goals than the Colombian. His current total sits at 18 goals in as many games.
Chelsea sold Danny Sturridge for £12m to Liverpool this month, but bought Demba Ba from Newcastle for a fee believed to be in the region of £7.5m.
Still, the European champions have been strongly linked with the La Liga forward, although Manchester City remain one of the only clubs in the world with the financial resources to match a bid from Roman Abramovich's club.
When asked if he will ever move on from Atletico Madrid, Falcao said: "I'm really at home with Atletico and I'm still under contract here. I'm sure that I'll taste life in another league at some point in my career, but right now I'm only thinking about my club, in growing as a player and doing my bit to help us keep winning trophies."
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