Contrary to previous speculation, Radamel Falcao has claimed he is "very happy" at Monaco, offsetting the chances of the Colombian international completing a move away from the club in January.
Speaking at a public autograph session on Thursday, the 27-year-old told media (h/t ESPN's Ian Holyman):
I just wanted to say that I'm very happy at Monaco. My wife is very happy to live here. There are no problems with the coach. There are no problems with the doctor and there are no problems with the team. I just have a little problem with my thigh, but I'm going to play soon.
I feel bad about the speculation surrounding me. I would first of all like to thank Claudio Ranieri for the patience he has shown with me. He's leaving me the time to come back. He's not putting pressure on me. He trusts me. I also want to thank the club, who have always behaved very well towards me. People near me know very well that I feel great in Monaco and that everything is going well with the club.
Concerns over Falcao's future first arose after the striker was withdrawn prematurely from a match against Nantes three weeks ago, despite the fact his side were still drawing 0-0.
The South American hasn't featured for the club since that substitution and is still making his recovery from a thigh injury, as he mentions in the quotes above.
It had been suggested by the Daily Star (h/t Paul Gorst of the Mirror) that Falcao was unhappy with his wages in tax-loose Monaco, and that a winter move to Chelsea on loan was within the realms of possibility.
However, the Ligue 1 giants couldn't have hoped for a more genuine statement of loyalty from their massive summer signing, who—per Transfermarkt—has scored nine goals in 14 starts for the Red and Whites.
Goal.com's Robin Bairner backed up the reports of Falcao being content in his current setting:
Ranieri is understandably keen to keep Falcao fit and healthy for the rest of the campaign, instead of risking his forward by exacerbating an existing issue.
That being said, his side have looked as good as ever without Falcao, and have in fact won three games in a row for the first time this season with the striker on the sidelines.
In his absence, the likes of Anthony Martial, James Rodriguez and Emmanuel Riviere in particular have snapped at their chances, scoring five goals between them in those last three Ligue 1 outings.
With Monaco in good spirits and currently just two points behind league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, any fears that the French Riviera outfit may have had over the future of their summer signing may now be laid to rest.