Wednesday 21 February 2018

Manchester United tell Radamel Falcao he will not be given new contract

Radamel Falcao said goodbye at Old Trafford last week
Radamel Falcao said goodbye at Old Trafford last week

Mark Ogden

Radamel Falcao will return to Monaco after Manchester United's season finale against Hull City today after being told he will not be kept on at Old Trafford.

Despite negotiating an option to buy the Colombian forward for a pre-agreed £43.2m at the end of his season-long loan from Monaco, United manager Louis van Gaal has decided against a permanent deal for the 29-year-old.

Having arrived at Old Trafford on the final day of last summer's transfer window with a reputation as one of the world's top strikers, Falcao has scored just four times in 26 appearances for United.

The former Porto and Atletico Madrid forward was initially dogged by injury at United, having struggled to overcome a cruciate ligament injury which forced him to miss last uear's World Cup.

But with Falcao playing in more than half of United's games this season, Van Gaal has been left unconvinced by his ability to succeed in the Premier League and he informed the player of his failure to earn an extended stay ahead of Sunday's trip to East Yorkshire.

Despite his miserable campaign for United, Falcao is keen to remain in England and play for another Premier League club.

But his £265,000 a week United wages and Monaco's valuation of the player could force Falcao to look elsewhere for a new club.

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