Monday 18 December 2017

Radamel Falcao has 'had his chance' at Manchester United, says Louis van Gaal

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao
Manchester United's Radamel Falcao

Samuel Stevens

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has given his clearest hint yet that Radamel Falcao won't return to Old Trafford next season.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss was speaking before United's trip to face Everton in the Premier League this weekend.

“Falcao has been given the chance to be in the team this season. You can say he is unlucky – he has the quality to play.

“I like him and the way he played against Chelsea last week. He was unlucky he didn’t score.

“I like Falcao as a human being, just as I like Danny Welbeck and Chicharito - they are always professional.

“But when you are not in the team for season after season, there comes a time when you need a challenge.

“That’s why I have said goodbye to Welbeck and Chicharito. And now I have to talk with Falcao.”

As part of the agreement with parent club Monaco, the Red Devils would have to pay £43m to land the Colombian on a full-time basis.

United representatives met with Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev last week, but are yet to confirm if they will try to convince the former Atletico Madrid forward to stay.

Vasilyev said: “I saw the Manchester United people last Sunday and they have not yet decided if they would exercise the option.

“It’s not his best season, but they kept the opportunity to make a decision at the end of the season.

“We are not in any other negotiations, even if big clubs are interested. The decision is with Manchester, then we will discuss with the player what he wants.”

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