Chelsea have confirmed that Radamel Falcao has left the club and will return to Monaco following the conclusion of his unsuccessful season-long loan spell at Stamford Bridge, according to the BBC.
As such, Falcao departs England after two disappointing years in the Premier League since prior to signing for Chelsea, he spent the 2014/2015 campaign on loan at Manchester United.
Falcao fails to fire at United
As one of the most prolific goal scorers in Europe, Falcao joined the Red Devils from Monaco at the start of September 2014 with the expectation of being hugely successful in English football.
“I hope to stay at Manchester United for many years and make history at this club,” Falcao declared on his arrival at Old Trafford, with United having the option to permanently sign the Columbian at the end of his loan deal for £43m.
However they decided not to exercise that option, as Falcao failed to discover anywhere near his best form, scoring just four goals in 29 appearances, 12 of which were made as a substitute.
Furthermore during the entirety of his stay at Old Trafford, Falcao only completed the full 90 minutes of five games. One of those was the FA Cup third round 0-0 draw with Cambridge United in January 2015, when he struggled to make a positive impact in a performance which defined his time with the Red Devils. That is although the recipient of largely poor service, any good opportunities that were presented to Falcao, he was nearly always too pedestrian to capitalise upon.
On rare occasions Falcao did exhibit glimpses of the wonderful predatory striking instincts which he used to establish himself as one of the deadliest strikers in world football whilst playing for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco. For instance, his first goal in English football was an instinctive close range finish to seal a 2-1 home win against Everton in October 2014.
Thereafter however, Falcao seldom delivered such memorable moments and returned to Monaco in May 2015 at the end of his extremely disappointing loan spell with United.
Second chance with Chelsea
Just two months later however he was afforded another opportunity to play in English football with Premier League champions Chelsea, who he signed for on a loan deal similar to the one Manchester United had agreed with Monaco the previous summer. Specifically the Columbian striker was to spent the entire 2015/2016 season on loan at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea having the option to buy him permanently thereafter.
However Falcao endured another frustrating season in England, whereby he made only 12 appearances for Chelsea and scored just one goal, as he suffered from a recurrence of the knee injury which kept him out of Columbia 2014 World Cup campaign.
Subsequently Falcao has now returned to, and began pre-season training with, Monaco with whom he still has a two – year contract and is enthusiastic about reigniting his career, as he revealed on Instagram earlier this month.
“On 24th June I will start pre-season with AS Monaco. I am excited and committed to begin pre-season training with the club,” said Falcao, who aims to regain his reputation as one of the best strikers in Europe.
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