Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is looking for consistent playing time next season. Whether or not it will happen with Manchester United is yet to be seen.
The Colombia international has struggled in recent months for continuity under manager Louis van Gaal.
Just last week, Falcao’s former agent Silvano Espindola told a Colombian newspaper the striker’s disappointing spell at United has reduced the player to tears this season.
The former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker has scored just four Premier League goals in 19 appearances since arriving in September. He has endured separate injury spells and has been one of a number of players who have struggled to find consistent playing time under Louis van Gaal.
Earlier today, the striker was asked about his future in Manchester.
“I will sit and analyze and decide what is best for me,” Falcao responded. “Obviously, I need a place to have continuity, where I can play.
“I have to be calm, know that I’m okay. I only need to play and that will be clear when I have continuity.”
The player’s comments are nothing new. The Colombian made similar statements in December when he was in the midst of a similar string of inactivity with the team.
“I feel ready for the moment that the team needs me,” the striker said at the time. Whenever I have the opportunity to come on I try to do my best for the coach and I try to help the team.”
“Every footballer wants to play, no one is happy when they are not playing, when they are on the bench.
“But whenever I am given the opportunity, whether it be for five, ten, twenty or ninety minutes, I have to give my best.”
That attitude is why Falcao remains one of the more popular United players with supporters. Despite his lack of playing time and goal production, United fans have been won over by the striker’s work ethic and team-first attitude when he is on the pitch.
Recently, Falcao has been a regular inclusion in Louis van Gaal’s 18-man match day squad. However, the striker has only made two starts in the past ten games for United and has been an unused substitute four times since the start of February.
United hold a £43 million option to buy Falcao from AS Monaco. However, since the striker has struggled with injuries and poor form during his first season at Old Trafford, club officials are hesitant to sign the Colombian to a permanent deal.
Despite his current statistics United officials are reportedly open to Falcao remaining at the club – provided his current fee can be negotiated down.
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