Monaco has ruled out any possibility of bringing Radamel Falcao back early from his loan at Chelsea.
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Falcao has scored one goal in eight appearances for Chelsea since joining the Blues on a season-long loan last summer. He has not played since October after suffering a thigh injury.
The 29-year-old striker returned to Monaco to undergo medical tests on his injury, where the club’s vice president Vadim Vasilyev said he would not be coming back to France this season.
Monaco paid Atletico Madrid more than $75 million for Falcao in 2013, who at the time was one of the elite strikers in the world. Over four seasons in Europe before the move, two with Porto and two with Atletico, Falcao scored 142 goals in 178 appearances.
However, since moving to Monaco, Falcao’s play has taken a nosedive. He got off to a hot start in Ligue 1, but tore his ACL midway through the season and is yet to have regained his form.
Falcao was loaned to Manchester United in the summer of 2014 where he struggled mightily, scoring four goals in 29 appearances. He was sent on loan to Chelsea last summer, and has once again disappointed.
There’s no denying that Falcao’s tenure in England has been a disaster, and he will surely be on his way back to Monaco when his loan deal expires in June. He is still under contract with the French club until 2018, and with weekly wages of more than $200,000, they’ll have to pay up unless another team is willing to take a risk on a striker who turns 30 next month.