Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev claims Manchester United and Chelsea “failed” with striker Radamel Falcao during his loan spells in England.
Once one of Europe’s most prolific forwards, Falcao’s career hit a brick wall when he suffered a series of serious injuries during his time with Atletico Madrid and then Monaco.
That resulted in the French outfit offloading Falcao to Manchester United for the 2014/15 season on loan, but the Colombia international endured a nightmare spell under Louis van Gaal.
Scoring just four league goals under the Dutch tactician, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho surprisingly took a chance on the 30-year-old last season – once again on loan – but it was a transfer which failed to work for both parties.
Falcao managed just one goal in his 10 league appearances – he was hampered by injuries throughout the campaign – and Vasilyev has now criticised both Premier League giants for the way they dealt with the striker.
“Both clubs in England failed to relaunch him,” Vasilyev said, as reported by the Daily Mail. “I don’t know whether Manchester United and Chelsea did not have the patience or the desire to do that but I am quite sure this year we will see Falcao at his previous best.
“He is the same Falcao as he ever. We’ve seen that in pre-season. He scores goals, he’s there and he is motivated, we are motivated and I think this will be his year.
“You have to be patient but the big clubs have other topics on their agenda. If you sign a player of this magnitude after a big injury it takes time and games to get him back into shape.
“This is what we will do and what Manchester United and Chelsea didn’t do, failed to do or didn’t want to do.
“We all see the qualities are there and it is a matter of time. Monaco will make every effort and you will see a very different Falcao this season to the one you saw in England.”
The Colombia international failed to return to his best since suffering a serious knee injury in January 2014, and was unimpressive in successive Premier League loan spells with Manchester United and Chelsea over the last two seasons.
Falcao has since returned to Monaco and was in deadly form during the early stages of pre-season under Leonardo Jardim, before being hit with yet another injury – forcing him to miss the opening three games.
However, the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker returned in Saturday’s 4-1 thumping of Lille at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.