While Radamel Falcao still has nearly six months left on his current loan deal at Manchester United, the Colombian striker knows the clock is ticking on the club’s window to exercise the $66-million option to complete a permanent transfer for the soon-to-be 29-year-old.
Falcao only joined Man United on a season-long loan from AS Monaco on Sept. 1, but he hopes the club will indeed pay the hefty fee and agree a deal to stay at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future. Despite struggling — mostly for fitness — early on, Falcao has started four straight Premier League games, scoring twice in that period.
Speaking to ManUtd.com this week, Falcao confirmed his desire to remain with the club past this season. He was also quick to alert other clubs that, should he not be kept at United, he’s more than willing to move somewhere else, as long as it’s to a club in a league “more attractive” than France’s Ligue 1.
“Right from the start, [my colleagues] welcomed me. They supported me and helped me with whatever I needed. They are a really humble group of players, really decent and, well, I was taken aback by how kind they’ve been.”
“[The Premier League] is more attractive than the French league. Defenders are stronger and more aggressive. In a good way, you know? It’s intense and, well, overall just more physical.”
Nothing exactly earth-shattering there from Falcao — we’ve known for quite some time the Premier League is, overall, superior competition to that of Ligue 1 — but to come out so strongly in his criticisms of Ligue 1 — and by extension, Monaco — Falcao has effectively burned the bridge which leads back to the club that splashed out more than $77 million for his services just 18 months ago.
Falcao wasn’t the first to move to France for obscene amounts of money, and he almost certainly won’t be the last to leave because he was simply unhappy despite cashing those massive paychecks.