RUMOURS: Chelsea to cut short Falcao loan?

ESPN FC are reporting the Blues are ready to end the Colombian’s troubled spell at Stamford Bridge early

Chelsea are ready to cut their losses this season and end Radamel Falcao’s loan stint in January, according to ESPN FC.

The Colombian arrived on a season-long transfer from Monaco in the summer but has failed to make an impact this term, starting only twice and scoring just once so far. 

However, an early termination is believed to be problematic unless the clubs find another side willing to take on the troubled striker and pay his significant wages.

Falcao’s reported desperation to find a team where he will feature regularly could lead to a compromise that would suit all parties found, however.

Chelsea are understood to have identified Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier Hernandez and Valencia’s Paco Alcacer as potential replacements in the January transfer window.


James returns to Colombia squad

The nation’s vice-captain is back for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Argentina, while Radamel Falcao misses out through injury

Colombia welcome back James Rodriguez for World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Argentina after the Real Madrid midfielder was named in Jose Pekerman’s squad.

James has not played for club or country since suffering a muscle injury in Colombia’s friendly against Peru in September but the vice-captain has been included in Pekerman’s 26-man roster.

The 24-year-old, who missed last month’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Peru and the 3-0 loss in Uruguay, was an unused sub in Madrid’s Champions League fixture midweek but is expected to feature against 2015 Copa America champions Chile on November 12 and at home to Argentina five days later.

Colombia will be without Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao for the two qualifiers due to a muscular injury, but uncapped Olympiacos frontman Felipe Pardo gets a chance.

There are five other debutants in the squad, with Daniel Torres, Helibelton Palacios, Bernardo Espinosa, Francisco Meza and Cristiano Bonillo included.

Colombia are sixth in the Conmebol section of qualifying on three points, a win adrift of Uruguay, Ecuador and Chile after two matches.

Squad in full: Cristian Bonilla (La Equidad) David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Atletico Nacional); Santiago Arias (PSV), Bernardo Espinosa (Sporting Gijon), Frank Fabra (Medellin), Francisco Meza (Santa Fe), Johan Mojica (Real Valladolid), Jeison Murillo (Inter), Helibelton Palacios (Deportivo Cali), Cristian Zapata (AC Milan); Carlos Carbonero (Sampdoria), Edwin Cardona (Monterrey), Fredy Guarin (Inter), Alexander Mejia (Atletico Nacional), Juan Fernando Quintero (Rennes), James Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Carlos Sanchez (Aston Villa), Daniel Torres (Medellin), Macnelly Torres (Atletico Nacional); Carlos Bacca (AC Milan), Teofilo Gutierrez (Sporting CP), Jackson Martinez (Atletico Madrid), Luis Fernando Muriel (Sampdoria), Felipe Pardo (Olympiacos) Adrian Ramos (Borussia Dortmund)

Falcao ruled out for 'a few weeks'

Jose Mourinho has revealed the striker, who has struggled to make an impact since joining the club on loan from Monaco, is set for a spell on the sidelines with a muscle injury

Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao is to miss “a few weeks” of action with an unspecified muscle injury, Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

Falcao has found playing time hard to come by since joining Chelsea on a season-long loan from Monaco and the Portuguese manager was asked if he would play a more significant role in the coming weeks.

But Mourinho revealed the striker has joined Pedro, Thibaut Courtois and Branislav Ivanovic on the Blues’ injury list.

“Falcao had an important injury,” Mourinho told reporters. “Not so important as the ones he had previously.

“But he had an important muscular injury and will be out for a few weeks so there is no point speaking about him.”

Villas-Boas rules out move for Chelsea loanee Falcao

The former Blues boss has denied reports he is looking to raid his former club for their unsettled loan star, although admits they tried to sign him last summer

Zenit St Petersburg are no longer interested in pursuing a move for Chelsea loanee Radamel Falcao, manager Andre Villas-Boas has insisted.

Villas-Boas admitted he attempted to sign the striker prior to his move to Stamford Bridge last summer but were thwarted by a change in league regulations by the Russian Football Union (RFU) in July.

Rules stipulate teams must field no more than six foreign players at any one time – one fewer than the previous year – and, as Zenit currently have eight foreign first-team players, a move is ‘”difficult”.

“No I haven’t had a conversation with Jose, the player belongs to Chelsea, on loan from Monaco,” he told the club’s official website ahead of their league clash with Mordovia.

“It’s difficult to bring such a player to Russia with the rules and regulations we have.

“We tried to bring him here in the summer at the start of the season, but then the rules changed a week before the season started.

“We can’t bring him here because of the rules and we don’t have space.

Zenit signed Russia international Artyom Dzyuba during the summer with the striker scoring 11 goals since arriving from Spartak Moscow, including a brace in a 5-1 win over Anzhi Makhachkala on Saturday.

Villas-Boas feels a combination of Dzybua’s form and the fact that Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko is backing a €31,000-a-month player salary cap means a move for Falcao is now out of the question.

He said: “We have Dzyuba, he scored two goals, his form is great for the club and the national team and he deserves respect.

“Due to the limitations we can’t bring Falcao here, his salary is immense too and the financial rules in place prevent this, this is the rule chosen by Mr Mutko and the so this is impossible.”

Mourinho plays down Falcao early exit rumours

The Portuguese coach dismissed talk that the on-loan Monaco striker could leave in January but refused to comment on a possible return for Eden Hazard

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has responded to rumours that Radamel Falcao may end his loan spell in January, claiming he speaks to the Colombian every day and knows nothing about a premature end to his season-long loan.

Rumblings in the press suggested the striker is unhappy at Stamford Bridge and could head back to Monaco before the end of the season, but the Blues boss played down the rumours.

Speaking to the press in Kiev ahead of the club’s Champions League match with Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday, Mourinho maintained that the striker would not be leaving in January. 

“First of all I don’t know if it’s true. I speak with him every day, it’s quite strange that the press knows something that I don’t, or my club know,” the Chelsea boss said.

“He has to give us more than Diego Costa. We normally play with one striker and I always go for the performance level for the position – the best one plays.”

Mourinho also fielded questions on winger Eden Hazard, after the Belgian was dropped for the win over Aston Villa on Saturday, and refused to say whether the 24-year-old would be recalled for the Dynamo clash. 

“Last season, he had a phenomenal season,” the manager said of Hazard.

“I won’t tell you if he will play… they [Dynamo] won’t know.”