Monaco striker Radamel Falcao has insisted his Premier League experience with Manchester United and Chelsea was not a flop, claiming he drew “positive things” from it.
Falcao, 30, moved to United on loan from Monaco in the summer of 2014, but scored just four goals in 26 Premier League appearances for them.
The following summer, the Colombia international joined Chelsea for the season, where both Jose Mourinho and his successor, Guus Hiddink, rarely used him, handing him just a single top-flight start.
“I had the opportunity to play in the Premier League, and I did it. I have kept the positive things of that experience,” he told reporters ahead of Monaco’s Champions League game at home to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. “I developed as a player but also as a man.”
Falcao returned to Monaco in the summer, where he signed a five-year deal when he joined them from Atletico Madrid in 2013.
“Now I’m back at Monaco. I try to enjoy it as much as possible, to string games together to get back to my best,” he said. “I have always been able to overcome difficulties during my career. It’ll be the same now.”
Falcao’s career in England got off to a slow start as he was still recovering from a serious knee-ligament injury sustained in January 2014 during a Coupe de France game with Monaco, which forced him to miss that year’s World Cup.
Earlier this week, Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim criticised his player’s decision to move to England when he should have been focusing on getting back to full fitness.
“Falcao’s problem wasn’t only his knee injury but also that he left to go and play elsewhere for two seasons, in Manchester and then at Chelsea,” Jardim said. “He tried to continue playing at a high level when normally when you have an injury like that, you stay at your club to try and get back quickly.”