Radamel Falcao has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid, instead insisting he is currently happy with his current situation at Manchester United.
The on-loan striker has been shoved down the pecking order under Louis van Gaal but is still picking up a sumptuous pay packet to the tune of £265,000-a-week. AS Monaco £7 million and saved a further £13 million in wages by loaning him out and have looked no worse for doing so.
Manchester United's deadline day agreement to take the 29-year-old for the season was hailed as a great signing by fans and even forced the sale of youth product Danny Welbeck. However, five months on and many inside Old Trafford are wishing this was one deal that never came to fruition.
Falcao has scored just four Premier League goals in 16 appearances and has failed to impress even against the likes of Yeovil and Preston North End in the FA Cup. As a result, Manchester United are not likely to make the deal permanent at the end of the season.
"I'm in Manchester and I'm happy to be here"
However, Falcao's stock is still high in La Liga, where he made his name with Atletico Madrid. Their city rivals, Real Madrid, have been strongly linked with a move in recent weeks, but Falcao has refused to confirm whether he knows of interest from the Bernabeu.
He is happy
Asked about Real Madrid, Falcao told LAFM: "I'm in Manchester and I'm happy to be here.
"I'm fighting for my place and I'm eager to play more and more."
The most surprising thing about those comments is the claim that he is happy at Manchester United, where Louis van Gaal appears to have made him his third-choice striker behind Robin van Persie and James Wilson.
It is hard to see Falcao reaching the top level after his serious knee injury, but sitting on the bench of a club who is managed by a man who frequently changes formation is not the place to do it.
Where should he go?
Falcao would only move onto a similar situation at Real Madrid where he would likely play second fiddle to Karim Benzema. Alternatively, Falcao should be looking to return to the club where he had his best years, Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone's side would not be able to afford the £45 million asking price, but it is likely AS Monaco will bring that price down unless his form dramatically improves. Atletico is a club where he would have a first team place and would fall back in line with team-mates he is familiar with.
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