Radamel Falcao is desperate for an opportunity to repay the faith in him shown by Chelsea last summer.
The Blues ignored the once-prolific Colombian striker’s poor form at Manchester United in the previous season to sign him on loan from AS Monaco before this campaign.
Yet he has started just one Premier League game and scored one goal, as Jose Mourinho was reluctant to give him a chance despite Chelsea’s terrible troubles.
Falcao remains confident that he can make an impact at Stamford Bridge and is hopeful that he will get more game time now that Guus Hiddink has replaced Mourinho.
“Chelsea showed faith in me and opened their doors for me,” he told Colombia’s Hola! magazine, according to Sky Sports.
“But it has been complicated for me so far, because the team hasn’t started in the best way, while I have not had the opportunities I want, either.
“I am very grateful to Chelsea, though. I am satisfied and I am confident that I will get my chances in the second half of the season and succeed in the end.”
Falcao scored only four goals in 26 appearances for United last term, but actually believes that his season at Old Trafford was a great learning curve for him on his return from injury
“I had a learning moment at Manchester United. I did not get the playing time and consistency I was looking for, but my time at United helped me grow,” Sky Sports quotes him as saying.
“The move came shortly after my knee injury and my surgery, but I got the chance to play alongside some great players. It made me stronger, prepared me for the future and become more consistent.”
Chelsea face United in the Premier League later this evening, but Falcao is highly unlikely to figure in the starting lineup after Diego Costa’s two goals against Watford on Boxing Day.
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