Radamel Falcao rejects Chelsea & Man City interest

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Radamel Falcao has admitted he is desperate to play in the Champions League but says he would ideally do it with current club Monaco.

The Colombian striker moved to Monaco last summer following their promotion from France's second tier to Ligue 1. Although they were able to offer Falcao a staggering £220,000-a-week, the principality club could not provide him with Champions League football.

A series a tax issues and a lack of quality football has reportedly left Falcao unhappy with the Ligue 1 outfit and various news outlets were claiming that he was seeking a swift exit with the Premier League his most likely destination.

However, Falcao has told Le Parisien that, although he is keen to return to the Champions League next season, he would like to do it with current club Monaco, hinting a summer move is off the cards.

Speaking after Monaco's 3-1 over Nantes, Falcao said: "I'm happy because this victory is crucial. It should lead us to the Champions League, which I hope to play in next season."

Asked with which club, he said. "With Monaco, of course!"

Chelsea have been long-term admirers of Falcao and Jose Mourinho has already hinted that he would try to sign him in the summer, saying the Blues are in need of a striker and Monaco is too small for a player like Falcao.

Mourinho reiterated his desire to sign a world-class striker after the 3-1 defeat to PSG, saying he can not succeed without a "real striker" in the squad.

Threatening Chelsea's bid to sign Falcao was Premier League rivals Manchester City and La Liga giants Real Madrid, who reportedly held talks with the player's representatives last week.

Manuel Pellegrini has plenty of strikers on the books at the moment with Alvaro Negredo, Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic all currently on the books at the Etihad.

But with backing from Sheikh Mansour, there are funds to add to the star-studded line up in the summer.

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