AS Monaco’s Vice President Vadim Vasilyev has said that there were plans for striker Radamel Falcao to return to France before his injury recurred.
The Colombian has scored just once for Chelsea since joining from the French side in the summer, with a recurring thigh injury meaning Falcao hasn’t started a game for the Blues since the end of October.
However Vasilyev has now revealed that the 29-year old was due to return halfway through this season, and possibly then sold in an attempt to recoup some of the reported £60 million paid for him in 2013.
But, after Falcao returned to Monaco for an assessment on his injury, the idea was abandoned:
“It’s true that we had a lot of exchanges, several times, with Falcao,” Vasilyev told RMC. “The first idea was that he might return to Monaco to play the second half of the season.
“He came here, he was assessed by the doctors. Unfortunately, yes, he’s injured.
“I don’t want to get into the medical situation but in the end we took the decision that it’s better, for the moment, that he stays with Chelsea.”
Falcao has struggled to recreate the form he showed before a serious cruciate ligament injury in 2012, and Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has previously hinted that he could leave the club, despite the Blues having only one fit striker.