Manchester United loanee Radamel Falcao plays down Juventus talk

Colombian striker Radamel Falcao insists his focus is on performing well for Manchester United, not speculation about future destinations.

Colombia ran out comfortable 6-0 winners in their friendly against Bahrain last Thursday, with Radamel Falcao proving instrumental for his country, assisting the opening goal for team-mate Carlos Bacca, then netting a brace himself in the space of just four first-half minutes.

Whilst the Colombian team continues their preparations in Abu Dhabi, ahead of the next friendly encounter against Kuwait on Monday, 29-year-old Falcao highlighted to Caracol Radio that, having missed out on the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, his dream is to participate in the next tournament.

"Russia 2018 is the primary objective we're working towards, so I'll be working hard day after day, with the dream I can play at the next World Cup. I've always asked God to give me the opportunity of playing at a World Cup and the one in 2018 is my aim." He declared with enthusiasm.

Though he remains practically untouchable for Colombia, the same can't be said about his time with Manchester United this season, having scored just four goals in 22 appearances in all competitions.

Given those numbers and the seeming reluctance of manager Louis van Gaal to unleash 'El Tigre' on opponents as often as the player would like, it's not looking likely that the Red Devils will exercise their £43.5 million option to make his loan move from Monaco a permanent one.

As such, there have been numerous rumours gathering pace about future destinations Falcao may be weighing up this summer. One of them, according to his Italian agent Giovanni Branchini and via The Express, is a possible move to Juventus. An option which was close last summer, but rejected in favour of Manchester United.

Despite all the transfer talk, the words of his Italian agent and the prospect of another opportunity to join Juventus, there was one thing Falcao wanted to make clear, in his own words to Caracol Radio on Saturday, during his interview:

He said: "I know there's a lot of talk, but I'm 100% with Manchester United. There's eight crucial games to go and I have the hope my situation can change. That's all I'm thinking about."

If Falcao can do enough to convince Manchester United he yet has an important role to play remains to be seen. However, he at least seems keen to prove his worth, despite what has been a highly frustrating 2014-15 campaign. Both for the player and the club.

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