Radamel Falcao has gracefully thanked Florentino Perez for his interest in bringing the striker to Real Madrid, but as he continues to dominate Ligue 1 with Monaco, the 27-year-old has quashed rumours he could head back to La Liga in the near future.
As reported by ESPN, the Colombian forward has no interest in exchanging Stade Louis II for the Bernabeu just yet:
All I can do is thank Florentino for his words but I have to respect my current club Monaco, who have made me feel very good and I am very happy.
It doesn't seem right to talk about Real Madrid's possible interest at the moment out of respect for the institution to which I am contracted to as of today.
Perez sparked a flurry of rumours when he claimed Falcao wants to play for the La Liga giants in an interview with Spanish television show Punto Pelota, as per ESPN's report:
Falcao is a really great player and I believe he wants to play at Madrid. I know that, it is something normal. I have been told that.
Formerly of Atletico Madrid, Falcao’s £51 million move to free-spending Monaco came as a surprise in the summer transfer window.
The prolific forward—who recently played a major role in firing Colombia to the 2014 World Cup—has scored seven goals in nine games for Claudio Ranieri’s team, per Who Scored.
He currently sits atop the Ligue 1 top scorers list, and with Monaco currently leading Paris Saint-Germain on goal difference, domestic success is certainly achievable for both the player and his lavish club.
Falcao has also been feverishly linked with Chelsea across the past few weeks. As reported by Jamie Sanderson of the Metro, Ranieri insists the player would set any suitors back £168 million in the current market:
"If Gareth Bale is €100million then how much is Falcao? He is €200million [£168million]," Ranieri said.
Should Perez land his man—as he so often does—it would almost certainly confirm the end of Karim Benzema’s Real Madrid tenure.
The French forward continues to be linked with a cut-price move to Arsenal, per Martin Del Palacio of The Independent. With Madrid’s debt continuing to mount, it appears Benzema must be offloaded before attacking additions are brought in.
Falcao’s focused attitude is exactly what should be expected from a player of his quality. Things are progressing well for both club and country, so it would be self-destructive for the experienced finisher to create tension by accepting Madrid’s advances at this point.
Should Monaco capture Ligue 1 glory and money be placed on the table, it would be understandable for Falcao’s initial dismissal to change.