Following the presence of Jose Mourinho in the stands of the stadium where the friendly match between Belgium and Colombia, many rumours have been unleashed about Radamel Falcao’s future.
The ‘Special One’ himself stated that the purpose of his presence to that match was the fact that he wanted to see Chelsea’s Belgian internationals Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois.
However, speculation has suggested the Portuguese coach was also keeping tabs on Falcao. The Colombian striker – who scored a goal in that match – is currently playing for French big spenders AS Monaco.
Falcao is in the first year of his four year contract, but he is reportedly unhappy with the situation in Monaco. Falcao is currently unhappy at Monaco because he feels that the club is underachieving, and secondly because he feels that the fans do not support the club enough.
Fans in France are not so passionate about football, and to Falcao’s explosive character, due to his Latin heritage, this seems very unsatisfying.
In my opinion Falcao did a very bad choice last summer. He chose to sign with AS Monaco tempted by the huge load of money he was offered. But Monaco and Ligue 1 in general is not between the top class leagues in Europe.
They have made some improvement during recent years, but they still need time in order to catch up with the Premier League and La Liga. Falcao deserves to play in such a level so his frustration with his choice is more than justifiable although he is the one to blame for.
Taking as granted all these options for the Colombian striker narrowed down to these two leagues. According to reports, Chelsea and Real Madrid are both interested in him. So here Falcao has a crucial dilemma. Let’s try to help him.
Real Madrid and La Liga is a secure choice for him. He already has playing experience from his spell with Atletico Madrid. He is a native Spanish speaker and the weather in Spain is similar to the one in Colombia and Portugal, where he became known to the rest of the world with FC Porto.
But, in Real Madrid Falcao will find the existing king of the town, Cristiano Ronaldo, and his crown prince, Gareth Bale. In addition, there is Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and many others.
Someone might say that playing with such teammates is more than a blessing. Everything is easier when you have all of them as teammates, but I believe that Falcao wants himself as the king of the town. He wants to attract all the attention and have the team built upon him. He wants to be the key player and not just a cog in a well oiled machine.
On the other hand there is the choice of Chelsea. First of all playing in the Premier League is a tough challenge. A challenge that Falcao can stand up to. Furthermore there is the issue of Mourinho. The presence of the ‘Special One’ at Stamford Bridge is more than tempting for any football player in the world.
Falcao as soon as he signs to the English side, would immediately become the king of town. Frank Lambard and John Terry, the current kings, are edging towards the end of their respective careers, and everyone is looking for their successor. Falcao would be the one.
Training sessions with Mourinho will help him improve his flaws and become even better. Mourinho and Chelsea are hungry for titles so Falcao will have the chance to challenge for every one of them.
Lastly, we have the issue of competition. While at Real Madrid Falcao will be the only top class striker as Karim Benzema will depart Santiago Bernabeu in case Falcao chooses Real Madrid, at Chelsea he will struggle for his position, competing for a place in the starting line-up with Samuel Eto’o, Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku provided that Feranando Torres will leave Chelsea if Falcao signs with the London side.
This competition will force him to keep working hard and never fall behind because automatically he will lose his starting position. So Falcao should choose Chelsea and London.