Radamel Falcao may still be a target for Chelsea, but he will not be part of this summer’s World Cup. Last night as Colombia released their 23-man squad, the forward was there to announce that he had sadly not made the squad. Although a disastrous outcome for the player, this is a huge boost for his club AS Monaco and perhaps the number of clubs that are targeting a move for the striker this summer.
An emotional Falcao said at the press conference that he didn’t want to take the place of a teammate who is 100% fit: 'I was very excited but now I’ll have to support the team from afar and I wish them well, hoping they play a good World Cup'.
After making the tough call to drop Falcao from his squad, manager Jose Pekerman said that it was 'the saddest day I’ve had since becoming Colombia coach'.
Now Falcao has two months until the new season starts in Ligue 1, and there are a number of doubts over whether he will be in the starting line-up for Monaco when they start their campaign against Lorient on August 10th.
The Colombian hasn’t featured for the Monegasque club since he suffered the horrific knee injury during a Coupe de France match in January. Since then, Dimitar Berbatov has come in to deputise and also now-sacked manager Claudio Ranieri managed to get the best out of his compatriot James Rodriguez with a tweak of formation.
Before his injury, Falcao had come under criticism after a run of poor performances. There is a chance that Monaco could cash in on the striker if they received a fair offer. The style of play in France and the tactics used by Monaco didn’t suit Falcao compared to his time at Atletico Madrid, and with Chelsea and Real Madrid interested, Monaco fans may never see the player wear the famous shirt again.
An injury this serious could spark Falcao’s desire to play in a team and a league that suits him better. At 28 years old, it could be the last chance the striker has to play at a top European club while he is at his peak, as the project at Monaco could take a few years to reach that level.
Now that Falcao won’t be playing in Brazil this summer, he will have time to mull over his future. If the right offer comes in, then it could bring an end to his short time in Monte Carlo.