Radamel Falcao has expressed his admiration for Jose Mourinho, but insists joining the Portuguese coach at Chelsea is not possible at the moment.
The Blues have already spent over £20million to take midfielder Nemanja Matic back from Benfica, but many pundits believe a striker is what is most lacking at Stamford Bridge. Of Mourinho’s current options in attack, £50million flop Fernando Torres has scored just four times, Samuel Eto’o three, and Demba Ba has bagged just once.
There has been speculation that Roman Abramovich could free up the funds for a huge bid for Colombian international Falcao, who only left Atletico Madrid for Monaco in the summer. The 27-year-old is regarded as one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe, and he would also be eligible for the UEFA Champions League.
It has been suggested that the powerful forward could be tempted to quit the Ligue 1 club if the call of a club from one of the bigger leagues in Europe come knocking. However, Falcao, who cost a reported €60million when he joined the French club at the end of May, insists linking up with Mourinho is simply not an option at this moment.
“Would I like to play with Mourinho? I’d never considered it,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “As of today it doesn’t seem possible, as we are on two very different paths and I have a five-year contract with Monaco. But Mourinho is a coach with a fantastic career, the titles that he has won speak for him and nobody can deny his capabilities.
“He has a different style, people might not like him, but that makes him special and football enjoys his eccentricity. But there has been a lot of speculation around European clubs interested in me. I didn’t think too much about that, though. I try to concentrate on my objectives, training to achieve important results.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Belgian international Kevin de Bruyne. The midfielder, who cost £7million when the Blues signed him from Genk in January 2012, has failed to establish himself in the first team at Stamford Bridge, yet his talent is such that Wolfsburg have forked out £17million to lure him to Germany.