The start of the new year also beckons in the start of the January transfer window, and it appears one player who won't be on his way to the Premier League in the upcoming weeks is Radamel Falcao. The Colombian striker, whose sensational 17 La Liga goals in as many games so far this season have propelled Atletico Madrid to second in the table behind Barcelona, has long been a target of big spending clubs Chelsea and Manchester City.
But when speaking to the press in Dubai after receiving the Globe Soccer Awards best player of 2012, the 26 year old said he wanted to continue improving the fortunes of the Spanish club.
"The reality is that I have three more years left on my contract with Atletico Madrid. We are having a great season together with the rest of the squad. I am only thinking about finishing well and after that I don't know what is going to happen with my life. I think the club through (club's general manager) Miguel Angel Gil have made a good effort to keep me this year and I am only thinking about fulfilling the team's objectives and also my personal goals."
In order to buy Falcao of his contract, any prospective clubs would need to match his hefty £47m get-out clause. Chelsea are considered favourites to land the striker if he does decide to move to England, as they seek another forward alongside Fernando Torres, a player who also first caught worldwide attention whilst with Atletico.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner