Stamford Bridge move won’t happen next month.
Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao as he has indicated he wants to remain in Spain until the end of the season.
The 26-year-old Colombian striker is grateful to club president Enrique Cerezo for making him feel valued at the club by showing his determination to keep him.
Roman Abramovich was willing to pay the £48million needed to procure the striker from the Spanish capital but he is enjoying his time at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
Falcao told reporters: ‘I recognise the great effort Enrique Cerezo has made for me to stay at the club.
‘And thank goodness our sporting results have been positive. We expect that to remain so until the end of the season.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This news may come as something of a blow to Roman Abramovich who was keen to bring in the Colombian international next month to help boost the Blues attack.
Atletico Madrid’s excellent form was clearly a factor in Falcao’s decision to remain at the club until at least the summer. The Vicente Calderon side have managed to split the two Spanish giants; Barcelona and Real Madrid, and have done so largely due to the former FC Porto man’s excellent goal-scoring record.
The 26 year old has netted 20 goals in 16 matches in all competitions and if Diego Simeone can hold onto the goal machine then Atletico have a good chance of securing a Champions League berth for next term, which would in turn act as a possible motivating factor for Falcao to remain at the club even longer.
Chelsea may now have to turn their attention to other possible January signings to help boost the club’s push for a genuine Premier League title chase, having been eliminated from the Champions League at the first hurdle.
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