Falcao won’t leave Atletico Madrid in January
IBTimes UK

Radamel Falcao has revealed that he is likely to commit his future to Monaco despite Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho recently hinted at launching a summer offer for the Colombian star.

The 28-year-old striker has being linked with a move to Chelsea since last season and speculation increased last month, with Mourinho himself suggesting that Falcao's move to Chelsea could be good for both parties.

"I have a team but no striker. And a player like Falcao can't play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end [your career with]," Mourinho said.

However, the Portuguese boss has suffered a huge set-back in his pursuit of Falcao, after the striker revealed in an interview with Telefoot that he wants to stay in the Ligue 1 side.

"I want to play at Monaco for the next few years," Falcao insisted.

The Colombian striker joined Monaco last summer after they paid £40m to Atletico Madrid to secure his services. He scored nine goals in his first 17 Ligue 1 appearances but a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered last January has left him in the sidelined for the rest of the season.

With Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba failing to convince the Portuguese boss in his first season back at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho has earmarked signing a striker as his main summer target.

Mourinho is a huge fan of the Colombian striker as he already tried to sign him during his tenure at Real Madrid, but was unable to do because Atletico refused to sell their star to their local rivals.

Nevertheless, Falcao's latest quotes blow Chelsea's hopes of luring him from Monaco while recently club vice president Vadim Vasilyev insisted the striker remains "fundamental" to the club's project and will not be sold under any circumstances.

"The key point was to sign Radamel Falcao. This had been fundamental to our project," Vasilyev said

"From there, everything was easier for other players to come. I often speak with him and I can tell you he has morals. I hope he can also play in the World Cup. In any case, one thing is certain; he will be at Monaco next season."