Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao will leave England this summer for a return to France as he looks to put two frustrating years behind him.
The Colombian international was on loan at Manchester United last season, where he managed just four league goals in 26 appearances, before adding one in 10 at Stamford Bridge this year.
For a striker that was once considered one of the best forwards in the world, it is undoubtedly a real shame to see injuries and loss of form see him lose his way, particularly given that he’s still 30 years of age.
Falcao is still owned by Monaco, and despite revealing this week that he had hoped to return to River Plate, as reported by TyC Sports, his future will seemingly be in Ligue 1 for the time being unless another European club opts to take an expensive gamble on him.
From his heroics in Portugal and Spain and the fundamental role he played in Atletico Madrid’s success in Europe, his downfall has been sad to watch in the last two seasons.
Serious knee injuries have taken their toll, and ultimately he hasn’t settled or found the opportunities in England to get back to his best.
It is hoped that a return to Monaco will allow him to work towards somewhere near his form in and around 2012, as the Colombian ace is a joy to watch when in full flight.
Falcao has two years remaining on his deal with the French outfit, and that gives him enough time to prove to himself and the club that he can regain full fitness and find the back of the net with consistency.
If he fails to do so, then it will be a sad end to a career that showed signs of him being capable of ruling Europe. A return to South America will be likely, but he’ll surely have regrets over how things played out which in turn will leave his employers, the striker himself and his fans disappointed.
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