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Falcao sets trophy target in Chelsea loan move

Jamie Holland

Published 04/07/2015 | 02:30

New Chelsea loan signing Radamel Falcao spent last season on loan at Manchester United
New Chelsea loan signing Radamel Falcao spent last season on loan at Manchester United

Chelsea have completed the loan signing of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.

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The Colombian international will spend the forthcoming season at Stamford Bridge having been on loan at rivals Manchester United for the previous campaign.

Falcao, 29, managed only four goals during his spell at Old Trafford, with United deciding against making his move permanent.

Despite that disappointing return, Chelsea have opted to add him to their striking ranks and the player has already set his sights on trophy success.

"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe," he told the club's official website.

Falcao, who failed to find the net for Colombia as they were knocked out at the quarter-finals stage of the Copa America, has mixed success with failure since initially moving to Porto in 2009.

He made his Champions League debut against Chelsea and hit a hat-trick against the Blues in the European Super Cup during a goal-laden spell at Atletico Madrid.

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Falcao then made his way on to Monaco but his big-money move was less successful as he suffered a serious knee injury caused him to miss half the Ligue 1 season and the World Cup.

With the injury apparently cleared up, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal took Falcao to Old Trafford on loan as he looked to build a new team, but the Colombian could not capitalise on the opportunities presented to him, scoring just four times in 26 Premier League outings for the Red Devils.

It took him until October to break his duck with a goal against Everton and he added to that with efforts against Aston Villa, Stoke and Leicester.

That was not enough to convince Van Gaal to sign Falcao permanently but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is confident that he can help the striker find the kind of form that turned him into one of the most lethal strikers in the world and add to the goals of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard as the Blues look to build on their Premier League and Capital One Cup success last season.

Falcao is expected to link up with his new team-mates on a pre-season tour of the United States.

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