Monaco sporting director Vadim Vasilyev has claimed he is "certain" Radamel Falcao won't be sold in January, quashing rumours of a move to Chelsea or Real Madrid.
As reported by Ian Holyman of ESPN, Vasilyev told RMC the Colombian forward is more than happy with life in the French principality and won't be offloaded to make a quick buck:
He's very happy here. He feels really good in Monaco.
Actually, we dined with him, his wife and the president a few days ago and he loves the club, the city. So there's no problem and he won't leave in January. That's certain.
Falcao sat out of Monaco's 2-0 Ligue 1 win over Rennes with injury, a win that keeps the mega-rich side one point behind Lille in third. As noted by Sky Sports, Claudio Ranieri's decision to leave the 27-year-old out of his squad was purely precaution and doesn't hint at anything more serious.
Monaco's star player has scored nine in 14 league appearances since joining from Atletico Madrid and has continued to catch the eye of foreign scouts, according to reports.
Falcao notched goals in four consecutive games at the beginning of the campaign, per WhoScored.com. He trails Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani in Ligue 1's top-scorer's chart, with the capital-based duo netting 11 and 10 respectively, per the domestic division's official website.
Ben Jefferson of the Express indicates Chelsea are "serious" about signing Falcao in January, while Paul Collins of the Daily Mail claims Real Madrid are also looking at the man who used to represent their rivals.
Jack Wilson of the Daily Star suggests Manchester United are ready to throw their name in the hat for his signature, but Vasilyev's comments appear to end speculation that has been rumbling on ever since Falcao joined the club.
Back in June, when the forward first headed to Monaco, he was forced to combat claims a move to the province would serve as a stepping stone to Real Madrid, per Sky Sports.
City rivals Atletico would have faced huge scrutiny if they sold directly to their neighbours, sparking debate as to why Falcao would choose to sign for a side that has only just been promoted to France's top division.
Monaco's ongoing project will see many world-class talents come and go at the Stade Louis II.
Keeping hold of Falcao is a statement of intent for the rich club, especially at this time of major transition. Selling their figurehead is an obvious yet uninspiring move that would suggest the supporters shouldn't grow attached to watching the same top players for years on end.
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Chelsea fans will now surely give up hope of signing the striker, especially considering Jose Mourinho's suggestion that he isn't hunting another forward during the January transfer window, per Sam Lee of Goal.com.
While Vasilyev hasn't confirmed Falcao will stay beyond the summer, it appears as if he will remain in the Fontvieille district for the immediate future at least.