Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho signals Radamel Falcao interest, but rules out moves for Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Blues boss claims he does not currently have a striker, but reiterates that Eden Hazard will not be leaving Stamford Bridge

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given his biggest hint yet that he will make a summer move for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao by claiming the Colombian needs to be strutting his stuff in front of a bigger crowd than he currently does so.

Falcao is currently battling to recover from an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury that has jeopardised his participation in the 2014 World Cup, but reports in France claim that the striker is considering ending his time in the principality due to the lack of competition that the French eague offers.

Speaking to French TV channel Canal Football Club, Mourinho said in French: “I have a team, but no striker. Falcao does not have a team. A player like him can't play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end [your career with].”


Falcao is still in his first season with the Ligue 1 side having joined from Atletico Madrid last summer for £50m, while fellow South American Edinson Cavani also used the transfer window to head to France as the Uruguayan left Napoli in a £54m move to Paris St-Germain.

However, Mourinho rubbished the rumours that a move for either Cavani or his PSG team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic could materialise.

Current Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been linked with a return to France as a makeweight in a move for either frontman, but Mourinho dismissed any notion that Hazard could leave Stamford Bridge by claiming he is the player he wants to build his future team around.

“Eden is our boy,” Mourinho said. “We want him to stay for 10 years. We want to build the team around him. He’s a player with the style of football that we want to have in our team.

“Zlatan to Chelsea? It’s impossible,” the Portuguese added. “He’s happy at Paris. I know because he is my friend and we are in touch.3

“PSG, with all its wealth, would never open the door. That’s mission impossible.”

Falcao appears to be doing his best in order to regain his fitness and participate in Brazil in the summer, having posted pictures on his Instragram account that show he is no longer using crutches and has stepped up his rehabilitation. The World Cup gets underway in under four months, with Falcao touch-and-go to make the flight to Brazil.

Falcao’s club coach and former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has confirmed he is doing well in his recovery and that in his belief, Falcao will lead the line for Colombia in the World Cup.

“He’s doing well and working hard. His knee is reacting very positively,” said Ranieri. “I think he’ll play at the World Cup.”

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