Radamel Falcao, Monaco Agree to Contract Extension Through 2020

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2017

Monaco's Colombian forward Radamel Falcao acknowledges the public as he is substituted during the UEFA Champions League 2nd leg quarter-final football match AS Monaco v BVB Borussia Dortmund on April 19, 2017 at the Louis II stadium in Monaco.  / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Radamel Falcao has extended his contract with AS Monaco until 2020, it was confirmed on Thursday.

ESPN's Jonathan Johnson relayed the news, which was provided by the team's official Twitter account:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

OFFICIAL: Radamel Falcao has extended his Monaco contract until 2020 (presumably on a lower salary). #ASM #Falcao2020 https://t.co/taNxyxy44E

Falcao's top-level career looked to have effectively come to an end during two miserable seasons in the Premier League on loan at Manchester United and Chelsea.

Previously so lethal at FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, he scored a combined five goals in 36 English top-flight appearances for United and Chelsea, per WhoScored.com. However, he was plagued by injury for much of the 2015-16 campaign with the Blues.

Upon returning to the Stade Louis II for the 2016-17 campaign, he rediscovered some of his best form and netted 21 Ligue 1 goals in 29 appearances as Monaco claimed the French title, per WhoScored. 

Falcao also played a key role as Monaco made the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, netting five times in the campaign.

The 31-year-old will now hope to continue in this vein with the principality club for years to come.

Despite his failed loan spells at United and Chelsea, Falcao has shown again recently that he can still be effective in front of goal.

Manager Leonardo Jardim will hope to see the striker preserve that ruthlessness at the point of one of the most exciting attacking units in European football.