Radamel Falcao snubs Chelsea to stay with Atletico Madrid for the season
Chelsea are set to lose out on Radamel Falcao this fall after the Colombian hit-man expressed desire to stay at Atletico Madrid as a gesture of thanks to Los Rojiblancos president Enrique Cerezo.
Radamel Falcao is one of the hottest players in the transfer market. The 26-year-old forward has one of the best strike rates this season. The Colombia international has scored 20 goals in 17 appearances for Atletico Madrid this season. This includes a stunning first-half hat-trick over Chelsea in the Super Cup.
Chelsea and Manchester City have been battling over the rights to Radamel Falcao’s signature since the summer transfer window. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready shell out as much £48 million in order to secure the services of Radamel Falcao, but his attempt will go in vain this season.
Radamel Falcao wants to repay Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo by ending the season at the club. The Colombian star believes Enrique Cerezo has played a big role in making him feel wanted at the club and in the football world.
“I recognize the great effort Enrique Cerezo has made for me to stay at the club,” Radamel Falcao said in an interview to Bogota.
“And thank goodness our sporting results have been positive. We expect that to remain so until the end of the season.”
Atletico Madrid are nine points behind the La Liga leaders Barcelona. They are placed second on the table, which means they are nine points ahead of archrivals Real Madrid after 17 games in the season.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone’s main objective is to qualify for the Champions League. The Vicente Calderon boss has repeatedly praised Radamel Falcao for his contributions for Atletico Madrid since he was signed from Porto last year. Since then Radamel Falcao has scored 56 goals in 66 appearances for Atletico Madrid.
“He's the best striker in the world and belongs to Atletico. We are proud to have him on our team. But besides Falcao, Atletico has players of the highest level and it is right that we recognize their work. Our squad is very competitive,” Enrique Cerezo told AS earlier this season.
“We have an extraordinary coach, a squad full of great players and the fans are always behind the team. There is a great spirit between the stands and the squad and this is always very important. It is imperative to the smooth running of the team.”