Could £53m Chelsea target end up at Real? Ronaldo says 'football needs him'

Radamel Falcao

Cristiano Ronaldo sent a message to long-time Chelsea target Radamel Falcao.

One of the hottest strikers in world football, penalty box poacher Radamel Falcao, 27, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee recently in an injury that effectively ended his season.

Having only joined AS Monaco last summer, after a big-money - and somewhat surprise - transfer from Atletico Madrid, Falcao has returned 11 goals and two assists in Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France thus far this season - an attacking efficiency of a goal/assist every 115 minutes on average.

The ACL issue, though, may well infringe on the player's World Cup chances, leaving Colombia without one of their biggest talents, however, Falcao aimed to allay those fears at a media conference at Trindade de Oporto hospital after a recent surgery.

'I am convinced that everything is going to be okay and I will be able to give the best I have [at the World Cup in Brazil]. When they told me at first that I had a serious injury and there was only a small chance of participating I didn't care whether it was 10, 20 or 50 percent. I was counting on that chance.

'This is my hope and with this dream I will work every day. A lot has to do with my emotional state. This is something that I can manage each day.'

Falcao, valued at £53m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has long been linked with a transfer to Chelsea as both the player and Blues boss Jose Mourinho share the same agent - Jorge Mendes - while the respective owners of each club Dmitry Rybolovlev and Roman Abramovich are also on good terms.

Chelsea have never been the sole club interested in Falcao, a player who has reportedly been on the shortlist of Stamford Bridge targets over a summer move to SW6, as Real Madrid, too, may be looking for a future marquee replacement for Karim Benzema.

Current Los Blancos superstar Cristiano Ronaldo may fuel further speculation as he sent his well wishes to Falcao as he recovers from his injury, claiming that 'football needs Falcao'.

Speaking to El Tigre, Ronaldo said: ’I want to send him animo, and force, so that he can recover quickly from his surgery. Football needs Falcao, and obviously Colombia’s hopes rely on a great player like him.'

Chelsea have seemingly concluded their winter window dealings having already acquired Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and Kurt Zouma.

image: © Jimmy Baikovicius

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