Radamel Falcao has accepted the decision by Colombia manager Jose Pekerman to leave him out of Colombia’s squad for the Copa America, which is being held in the United States.
Falcao has hardly featured at all this season, making just nine league appearances and scoring one goal, which came in a home defeat to Crystal Palace back in August.
It’s not very often that you can call a decline meteoric, but this is certainly merited for the Colombian, who was once regarded as the darling of his nation.
But now, after two seasons spent in England where he has scored just five times for both Manchester United and Chelsea, the Colombian has accepted that he no longer deserves a place in the national squad.
Speaking to the London Evening Standard, the former Atletico Madrid and Porto striker said he is now focusing on the Olympic Games in Rio.
"Now is not the right time for me to be at the Copa because I am not playing," he said.
"I want to go to the Olympics, but I don't want people to misinterpret that, journalists or anyone.
"The decision will be made later and I will be the first one to know if I am in or not because I want to be a key part of the team, to contribute and not embarrass myself. “
Falcao has made 63 appearances for his country, scoring 25 times, but he won’t be adding to that total in the summer. He has also revealed a deal was in place for him to return to River Plate in January, but they did not have a foreign player spot open in their squad.
This year’s Copa America is the centenary edition, and will see the likes of Argentina, Brazil and holders Chile compete in the 12 team tournament.
The United States kick off the tournament against a Falcao-less Colombia on the 4th June.