French club Monaco have denied rumours that they are about to sell striker Radamel Falcao to Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have been heavily linked with a move for the 28-year-old striker, who has just returned from his anterior cruciate ligament injury that he suffered last season. Falcao moved to Monaco in a £ 50 million deal only last summer, but it is understood that the player would welcome return to a club where winning the Champions League is a possibility. Even though Monaco have spent a lot of money recruiting some of the best talents in the world, they still remain someway away from challenging for a Champions League title.

Falcao missed the opportunity to do an impact at the World Cup 2014 after failing to recover in time. However, he has shown that none of his potency has been lost in the last six months after scoring in the 1-0 defeat of Arsenal in the Emirates Cup. This was also his first start since the knee injury. After the match, Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim had to fend off a lot of speculation about Falcao’s future. Despite spending in excess of £ 80 million in this transfer window, Madrid have been linked with a move for Falcao, who will easily cost more than £ 40 million. Manchester United are also interested in the Colombian international.

“At this moment in time, Falcao is our player, and he is with us 100%. We don’t want to let him leave. It’s a shame that we have lost James Rodriguez, but we can count on Falcao. It matters little what people say, he’s our player. He’s in the last stage of his recovery, and he’ll be with us this season,” said the Monaco manager. Monaco’s season starts with a home match against Lorient in the opening match.