Real Madrid Transfer News: Radamel Falcao Won't Push to Follow James Rodriguez

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - MAY 31: Radamel Falcao of Colombia looks on before the International Friendly Match between Colombia and Senegal at Pedro Bidegain Stadium on May 31, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Gabriel Rossi/Getty Images)
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Colombian superstar Radamel Falcao will stay with Monaco next season after publicly pledging his allegiance to the Ligue 1 club.

David Kent of the Mail Online reports that the mercurial striker, who had been linked with a move to Real Madrid, has spoken about his future and advocated that he is happy to stay with the French club.

Falcao said, per Kent:

"I believe in Monaco's project. I want to stay here and play Champions League football with Monaco."

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Radamel Falcao of Monaco in action with Sean St Ledger of Leicester during the the pre season friendly match between Leicester City and Monaco at The King Power Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Leicester, England.  (Photo by Micha
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Falcao's team will embark on their first campaign in Europe's biggest competition since 2005, with the player stating that he believes Leonardo Jardim's team will further strengthen his squad in this transfer window, per Kent.

Luke Augustus of the Mail Online had recently reported that Falcao would be the Galacticos' next big signing, but Florentino Perez has now completed the capture of the player's international and club teammate James Rodriguez.

Falcao's public stance might be viewed as a reaction to the transfer of James, as he looks to rebuild his career after serious injury last term—which kept him out of the World Cup.

MADRID, SPAIN - JULY 22:  James Rodriguez holds his new Real shirt beside club president Florentino Perez during his unveiling as a new Real Madrid player at the Santaigo Bernabeu stadium on July 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. Real agreed to buy Rodriguez fro
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Rodriguez's stock rocketed during this summer's tournament in Brazil. He won the Golden Boot, scored the tournament's best goal and then sealed his move to the current Champions League holders on Tuesday.

But BBC Sport's Andy West believes Falcao would have been the more appropriate signing as Madrid look to strengthen their attack. He tweeted:

Before sustaining injury last season, Falcao had continued his annual goalscoring feats—scoring nine times in 17 Ligue 1 matches, per—and he will be looking to continue to impress in a Monaco shirt in the coming months.

Falcao's injury might have become a stumbling point for Los Blancos. On one hand, the striker is a proven talent at world level, but at 28 years old, there is a mark against his name until he proves he has fully recovered.

On the other hand, Rodriguez has had a sensational few months and is undoubtedly the rising star of European club football. He is a prime candidate to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the tag of best player in the world in the years ahead.

It was correct that Madrid went for Rodriguez at this time before other teams tempted him with strong offers.

Falcao will have time to prove him himself once more and a big season will guarantee a move, if he so desires it.