Juan Cuadrado and Jose Pekerman were being interviewed by the media ahead of their mouth-watering clash against Brazil, at the on-going Copa America in Chile. While being asked about where team-mate Radamel Falcao’s future lay when the tournament is over, Cuadrado surprised the reporters with his prompt admission.
He said, “It’s important to have a team-mate like him at the club but now I’m concentrating on the Copa America and will talk about it later.” Before he could be bamboozled by further questions, Jose Pekerman interrupted him, he said, “Say you’re happy. He turned to the reporters, and commented, “I’m sure they’ll help each other mutually and do good things.”
Falcao donned the red jersey for Manchester United last season, but mustered up a measly 4 goals in 29 appearances. While United chose not to sign him on a permanent deal, Falcao admitted that he wanted to keep playing in the Premier League and hinted at a move to Chelsea, before leaving for national duty. He had said, “I know it has been speculated very much about Chelsea, I try to stay out of it. I care about working with Colombia for now. That’s what my agent does. I would like to continue in the Premier League. My future will be decided in the coming weeks.”
Jose Mourinho holds the Colombian in very high regards. Speaking to DirecTV Sports on June 11, 2015, he said regarding Falcao, “It hurts me that people in England think that the real Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United.” He made his intent to sign the forward by adding, “If I can help Falcao reach his level again, I will do it.”
Falcao has reportedly agreed to a substantial wage-cut for his Chelsea move. His original contract stated he received £260,000 per week at Monaco, whereas he will receive £200,000 a week at Chelsea. His total loan-fee will cost the Blues around £3millions, with a permanent sign-on clause of £35million. El Tigre will be replacing the 37-year old Didier Drogba, who chose to leave Chelsea at the end of 2014-15 season. The Colombian will join national team-mate Juan Cuadrado at Stamford Bridge, who joined Chelsea from Fiorentina on February 2, 2015, for approximately £27millions.