Radamel Falcao made a mistake leaving Monaco for the Premier League, according to the Ligue 1 club’s manager.
Having made a name for himself with prolific form for Atletico Madrid, the 30-year-old striker moved to Monaco where he would score nine times in 17 appearances before rupturing knee ligaments in January 2014.
Struggling to get back to full fitness, Falcao decided to head to Manchester United on loan where he fell down the pecking order under Louis van Gaal. Despite his poor form, Jose Mourinho decided to gamble on the striker and signed him on 12-month deal for Chelsea following his exit from Old Trafford. Again Falcao struggled.
Leonardo Jardim has welcomed Falcao back to the club this season, with the Colombian striker scoring twice in four league appearances so far. But the coach says that making such big moves to Manchester United and Chelsea after a serious knee injury was the wrong move for the player.
“Falcao’s problem wasn’t only his knee injury, but also that he left to go and play elsewhere for two seasons, in Manchester and then at Chelsea,” Jardim said. ”
He tried to continue playing at a high level when normally when you have an injury like that, you stay at your club to try and get back quickly.”
‘When a player gets injured, he doesn’t normally change club, and it’s not easy to recuperate and play at the same time. Players aren’t machines. I don’t know if it was a mistake, but it didn’t work out. He didn’t play, but it wasn’t a quality problem because he remains one of the best strikers.’