Falcao scores as Monaco return ends in defeat to Fenerbahce

The Ligue 1 side went down in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier, but the Colombian marksman was on target in his first game back

Radamel Falcao scored on his first competitive appearance since returning to Monaco but was unable to prevent a 2-1 defeat at Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round tie.

Following unsuccessful loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea, Falcao has returned to the Ligue 1 side with two years still remaining on his contract.

The 30-year-old started in attack as Monaco took on Fenerbahce at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, capitalising on a defensive error to mark his return with a close-range goal.

Falcao’s first-half strike had cancelled out Emmanuel Emenike’s opener, but the former West Ham attacker ensured the Turkish team hold the upper hand ahead of the return match with a phenomenal second on 63 minutes.

Ex-Paris Saint-Germain full-back Gregory van der Wiel picked out Emenike in space in the box and the striker sent a brilliant volley into the bottom corner.

Nevertheless, Falcao’s away goal could yet play a crucial role when the tie comes to its conclusion at the Stade Louis II next week.

Falcao: Premier League struggles will serve me well at Monaco

The Colombia international failed to shine during stays at Manchester United and Chelsea after a succession of injuries, but he has vowed to succeed in Ligue 1

Radamel Falcao is confident that his “difficult” two-year spell in England can serve him well upon his return to Monaco.

Colombia international Falcao arrived at Stade Louis II ahead of the 2013-14 season as one of the most prolific and feared strikers in world football.

However, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in January 2014 that saw him miss that year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Upon his return to action, Falcao joined Manchester United on a lucrative loan deal, but his stay at Old Trafford proved an unhappy one as he found the net just four times in 26 Premier League appearances in the 2014-15 season.
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Despite that poor return Chelsea gambled on a loan deal of their own last season, but Falcao once again failed to rediscover his former heights and managed just one goal in 10 league outings.

The 30-year-old is back at Monaco – he was on the scoresheet in a 45-minute runout on Tuesday in a 3-1 defeat to Zenit in a pre-season friendly – and he told the club’s official website: “My experience in England was difficult but it served me well as a footballer and as a person. 

“I hope what I’ve learned will serve me now, here in Monaco. I’m very happy to be back in Monaco to play.

“It’s interesting to see how the team progresses game after game. The sensations are good, I feel good. 

“The only thing I need is to accumulate games and playing time. With the games, my body will quickly adapt to the rhythm of the competition.”

Falcao scores in first Monaco friendly since returning from Chelsea

The 30-year-old found the net just once during his failed loan spell at Stamford Bridge last season but converted in a friendly against Swiss side FC Lugano on Saturday

Radamel Falcao made an immediate impact on his return to Monaco after scoring in a friendly win over FC Lugano.The 30-year-old has spent the last two seasons in the Premier League but he failed to shine in both loan spells at Manchester United and Chelsea.Falcao’s last and only goal for Chelsea came in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last August, while he’s played just 14 minutes of competitive football in 2016.
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The Colombia international had struggled with a thigh problem throughout the season, but he was able to feature from the start in Saturday’s friendly.

And Falcao managed to find the net with a neat turn and low finish in the 5-3 victory over the Swiss Super League side.

RUMOURS: Falcao offered loan deal by Middlesbrough

The Colombia international has repeatedly flopped in the Premier League but the newly-promoted side are keen to give him a third chance to prove his worth in 2016-17

Middlesbrough have offered Radamel Falcao a shock one-year loan deal, according to the Daily Express. The Colombia international has twice flopped in the Premier League, with Manchester United and Chelsea, but the newly-promoted side are keen to give him a third chance at cracking England’s top-flight. Falcao earns around £275,000-per-week at Monaco but could take a pay-as-you-play deal in order to stay in England.


Falcao will return to Monaco next season – Vasilyev

The Colombia international striker will return to the Stade Louis II outfit after a couple of seasons away on loan in the English Premier League, it has been confirmed

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has confirmed Radamel Falcao will be playing for the Ligue 1 side again in 2016-17.

The Colombia international joined Monaco from Atletico Madrid in 2013, but picked up a serious knee injury halfway through his first season at the Stade Louis II.

He was then sent out on loan to Manchester United in 2014-15, only to be moved on to Chelsea the following season.

The 30-year-old failed to impress in the Premier League, though, and will return to Monaco next term.

“Falcao will return,” Vasilyev told reporters.

“I am almost certain that he will be with Monaco next campaign.

“We are still finalising a few details, but I expect him to wear the Monaco jersey next season.”

Falcao’s contract with Monaco runs until June 2018. He scored just once in 10 Premier League appearances for Chelsea. Check out Hityah.com.

RUMOURS: Besiktas chasing Robben, Torres and Falcao in triple swoop

The Turkish outfit have high ambitions for the upcoming summer transfer window, with the club lining up deals for three star players from Germany, Italy and France

Besiktas are preparing to make moves for Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben, Milan forward Fernando Torres and Monaco striker Falcao, according to reports in Turkey.The Istanbul club’s board member Erdal Torunogullari reportedly met with Robben’s father in Amsterdam in order to negotiate a move away from the Bundesliga champions this summer.Torres, still technically a Milan player, is yet to sign an extended deal with his boyhood club Atletico Madrid and his San Siro career is over. Meanwhile for Monaco-owned Falcao, two loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea have failed to benefit his career and the Principality are looking to offload the Colombian’s wages from their books.