Monaco have announced that they have no intention of cashing in on James Rodriguez or Radamel Falcoa, according to Sky Sports.
The 22-year-old Rodriguez has been linked with moves to the Premier League and La Liga, including strong links with Barcelona, after being one of the star players of the World Cup. He was highly influential as he helped his native Colombia to the quarter finals in Brazil before being beat in penalties by the Netherlands. The midfielder scored six goals in six games throughout the tournament and currently leads the race for the golden boot.
However, Monaco’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev has denied that the Colombian will be moving away from the South of France during the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old moved to Monaco last summer in a deal worth £40 million from Porto. Vasilyev says that all the coverage that the Colombian’s performances have received, with social media praising him highly, proves that the money that was spent on him was worth it. With four years left on his contract with the club, Vasilyev expects Rodriguez to go on and create magical moments for Monaco.
Rodriguez’s national teammate Radamel Falcao missed the World Cup due to an injury that he picked up at the start of the year whilst playing for Monaco which required surgery and extensive physiotherapy. Despite the 28-year-old not being fully fit, he has been rumoured to be a transfer target for La Liga giants Real Madrid. However, Vasilyev has denied that there has been any contact from any club regarding the striker who has also been linked with a move to the Premier League.
The vice president admitted that they have discussed the future with the Colombian striker but they believe that he will stay and have a successful season with the club. Monaco will be relying on their star names as they try and prevent PSG winning the league title for a third successive season.
One player that won’t be featuring for Monaco is former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes after the club announced that they would not try and sign the Spanish international due to the knee injury sustained in March that forced him to miss the World Cup and some of Barcelona’s title challenge last year. The 32 year old had made 387 in twelve years at the Nou Camp before leaving at the end of his contract at the end of the season. Both Arsenal and Manchester United as said to be interested in signing the keeper now that Monaco have pulled out of the deal.
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