Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev has blamed Manchester and Chelsea for failing to “relaunch” the career of Radamel Falcao and has backed the Colombian striker to recover his best form with the club.
The 30-year-old striker spent a season each at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, where his failures to score or impress were well-documented before returning to the principality side this summer.
Back in Ligue 1, the former Porto and Atletico Madrid man has scored twice in three games so far in the young season — an early return that is encouraging to Vasilyev.
“Both clubs in England failed to relaunch him,” Vasilyev told the Daily Mail.
“I don’t know whether Manchester United and Chelsea did not have the patience or the desire to do that but I am quite sure this year we will see Falcao at his previous best.
“He is the same Falcao as ever. We’ve seen that in preseason. He scores goals, he’s there and he is motivated, we are motivated and I think this will be his year.”
Falcao was once one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers. He scored 142 times in his first 178 matches after moving to Europe from Argentine giants River Plate in 2009.
However, injuries have dulled his brilliance since signing with Monaco in the summer of 2014, but Vasilyev pledged his club will take a more patient approach with the player.
“You have to be patient but the big clubs have other topics on their agenda,” Vasilyev said.
“If you sign a player of this magnitude after a big injury it takes time and games to get him back into shape.
“This is what we will do and what Manchester United and Chelsea didn’t do, failed to do or didn’t want to do.
“We all see the qualities are there and it is a matter of time. Monaco will make every effort and you will see a very different Falcao this season to the one you saw in England.”