AS Monaco midfielder Jeremy Toulalan has dismissed suggestions that star striker Radamel Falcao could leave the club next summer, following comments by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez earlier this week.
According to Sky Sports, Perez told television show Punto Pelota that he has been informed the Colombian forward wants to join Real Madrid. However, any deal would have to take place next summer.
Falcao to Real Madrid? Already? His Monaco teammate Jeremy Toulalan isn't convinced. http://t.co/kKdo0GpAhr— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 16, 2013
According to ESPNFC's Ian Holyman, though, teammate Toulalan told a Sportel conference that he has seen no indication of Falcao wanting to leave, saying:
You can never say never in football, we don't know what can happen. But Falcao's playing rather well with Monaco.
Unlike certain strikers, you can see that he also works for the team and defensively. I don't get the impression that he wants to leave.
Falcao has arrived with a bang at the principality side, scoring seven goals in nine Ligue 1 games, per Soccerway, to help Monaco quickly rise to the summit of the French league.
The 27-year-old's services did not come cheap, having cost Monaco €60 million to sign from Atletico Madrid this summer, yet that will doubtless be seen as a worthwhile expense if he can fire his side into the Champions League at the first attempt.
Given that Monaco will have little intention of selling, it can only be assumed that Madrid would have to significantly increase that fee for the Ligue 1 side to consider parting with their new star—regardless of the player's desire to leave.
As reported by ESPN FC, Monaco have already denied reports in September that there is a "big club release clause" in the five-year deal signed by Falcao this summer, following early reports that the forward was seeking a return to Spain.
Unless an enormous bid is made, he will remain as the centrepiece of the Monaco project for some time yet.
Falcao will head to the World Cup next summer as the spearhead of a Colombia side that is thought to have a real chance of reaching the latter stages of the tournament in Brazil.
A good showing there is bound to once more increase speculation, but the fact remains that Madrid would need to conjure up yet another enormous transfer fee to arrange any deal.
Given that recent reports suggest the club's debt currently stands at €541 million and is beginning to become an issue for the club, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan, any such move for Falcao would require considerable player sales.
Toulalan's confidence in retaining his teammate would appear well placed.