Radamel Falcao insists he will continue to fight for his future at Manchester United, although he accepts he may need to move on in the summer.
The Colombian international is regarded as one of the best strikers in world football, but he saw his career paused last season when he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury whilst playing for Monaco in January. Not only did this end his season for the French club, it also ruled him out of appearing for his country at the World Cup Finals in Brazil.
Having made a recovery from this blow he secured a surprise season-long loan move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in the summer, in a deal which has cost United an initial £6million with the option to make the move permanent for £43.5million. However, the 29-year-old has struggled badly to make the expected impact in the Premier League.
Although a popular figure with the United fans, Falcao has scored just four goals in 22 appearances in all competitions for the Reds. This has cast his future in some doubt, and although the player insists he will continue to fight for a place in Louis van Gaal’s long-term plans, he admits he may have to look elsewhere for regular first team action.
“I’m totally committed to the club, there are eight matches to go and anything can happen,” Falcao told Radio Caracol. “So when the championship ends surely I’ll sit down, do an analysis and decide what’s best for me, but obviously I need to find a place where I have continuity and can play. I will continue to fight to the end at Manchester United.”
If van Gaal, as expected, bids farewell to Falcao in the summer, there is every chance he could come back and haunt the Dutch coach. Reports in The Sun on Tuesday claim Chelsea and Liverpool are keeping tabs on the situation, yet the striker added: “Calls come every day so in that sense I’ve got to stay calm, there are people who deal with all that situation.”