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."
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.
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:
James Rodriguez is obviously wonderful but Real Madrid could use a different Colombian even more: Falcao for Benzema would be bigger upgrade— Andy West (@andywest01) July 22, 2014
Before sustaining injury last season, Falcao had continued his annual goalscoring feats—scoring nine times in 17 Ligue 1 matches, per WhoScored.com—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.
Which Colombian should Real Madrid have signed?
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.