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Falcao says Atletico is the right place for him

In-demand striker Radamel Falcao has insisted that he is happy at Atletico Madrid and at this stage of his career, his current club is the best place for him to be playing his football.

The Colombian has netted 20 times in La Liga this campaign and is one of the most highly-rated strikers around at the moment, which is why there has been interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and even Atletico’s bitter rivals, Real Madrid.

He found the net 24 times in the Spanish top flight last campaign and scored a stunning hat-trick in the Europa League final against Athletic Bilbao. Ever since then, the big-spending clubs have had an eye on him, but it doesn’t seem as though money is going to lure him away from Atletico just yet.

He said: “I have a contract with Atletico for three more years, therefore that’s the best option.

“As a group we have the clear goal of qualifying for the Champions League. If we maintain the same level that we have showed we will achieve our objectives.

“We are not thinking about either (Real) Madrid or Barca, we are focusing on what we can give and on our objectives.”

At the moment, Atletico are all but guaranteed to land a spot in next season’s Champions League as they are in second place and 13 points clear of Valencia in fifth.

They are also desperate to finish ahead of Real this term and look on course to do that as they are four points ahead of their city rivals.

Make no doubt about it, Falcao has been the key man for Diego Simeone this campaign and with him leading the line, Athletico can challenge for the biggest trophy that club football has to offer.

They have shown this season that they are capable of winning matches week-in, week-out and any other year, 53 points from 24 games would make them genuine title contenders, but Barcelona’s dominance of the league means that second is going to be the best they can hope for.

The news that Falcao is happy with his current employers is sure to delight everyone involved at the club and if he does see-out the remainder of his contract, there could be plenty of silverware heading to Madrid, and it won’t all be at the Bernabeu.

Let’s hope he does stay loyal for a few more years yet.

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