It’s been one of the more curious recent transfer trends – iconic stars from the western game heading to the Chinese Super League with the opportunity to earn fortunes.
Stars linked with the Premier League such as Liverpool linked Alex Texiera, striker Jackson Martinez and even Chelsea legend, Ramires have all transferred to clubs within the Chinese franchise.
For followers of the European game, it’s been bitterly disappointing to see so many talented stars becoming part of the exodus… but surely no-one would’ve blamed, or for that matter, missed Radamel Falcao if he’d jetted off to China.
Radamel Falcao claims that he has two opportunities to join clubs in the Chinese Super League because he wants to fight for his place at Chelsea.
Falcao has not started a single domestic game since the October 3rd, with his most recent appearance coming during the 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on October 31st.
The Colombian striker has never found any consistent form in the Premier League despite having 2 seasons to adapt to the English game. Falcao has scored just once in Chelsea colours after a similarly frustrating period spent at Manchester United last year.
Regardless of the forward’s lack of action, his previous successes have made him the subject of lucrative offers from China, where former Chelsea team-mate Ramires moved in a £25m deal back in January. Speaking with Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Falcao explained:
“It is true that I had two different offers to move to China, but I stayed in England to give myself another opportunity.
Going there would have been the easiest way out because it was a great offer, but I preferred to stay here and fight.”
Under normal circumstances, Falcao’s ‘courageous’ approach to earning a spot in the Chelsea starting line-up might be considered admirable. But with Alexandre Pato now sitting on the bench next to him and no sign that Guus Hiddink intends to drop Diego Costa, it seems foolhardy for Falcao to think he will ever be a regular starter for Chelsea.
For Radamel Falcao, judgement day is fast approaching. On April 29th, Chelsea must decide whether they will send back to Monaco… or pay the princely sum of £38 million to keep him on the books.
Despite the likelihood that Falcao faces deportation from the Premier League, the Colombian is taking a philosophical stance on his future:
“I am focused on the club and just live in the present. Football changes very fast and what today can’t happen, can tomorrow.”
Whilst you can only admire his optimism, the Falcao number 9 shirts that were selling out the Manchester United fan shop are only going to disappear further and further into the wardrobe.
When the next offer arrives on his agent’s desk, Radamel should take the Chinese Yuan and run; enjoying a rekindled sense of stardom overseas – he’s delusional to think that Premier League stardom is still a future prospect.