Reported Liverpool target likely to stay with Madrid as Falcao rules out leaving Monaco

Colombia’s Falcao looks to be staying at Monaco, saying he relishes the big ‘project’ happening at the club.

Monaco and Colombia striker Radamel Falcao is set to scupper any chance of Liverpool landing Karim Benzema from Real Madrid, as he reportedly wishes to stay in France.

Reports had suggested that Falcao was to be scooped up by Madrid this summer, with the potential signing paving the way for Benzema to move to another club.

But Falcao has now said he will not be joining Real this transfer window, and is excited by the big project underway at Monaco.

“I believe in Monaco’s project. I want to stay here and play Champions League football with Monaco.” The Colombian is reported as saying in the Daily Mail.

Falcao has spent just one season with Monaco as he helped them to second-place in Ligue 1 behind Champions Paris Saint-Germain. Their result means they will feature in next season’s Champions League, despite being in breach of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations last campaign.

He will now not be joining countryman and now former club team-mate James Rodriguez, after the 23-year-old signed a six-year deal with Madrid on Tuesday.

Rodriguez was also only signed last summer as he arrived from Porto, but his excellent display at the World Cup in Brazil saw his stock rise significantly.

Falcao’s apparent decision to stay with Monaco could have knock on effects for other European clubs, particularly Liverpool, who were linked with Real’s Karim Benzema on Monday. But with Falcao seemingly unwilling to move to the Bernabéu, Madrid will not likely get rid of their French talisman without any world-class back up coming in.

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