Radamel Falcao is unsure what the future holds for him at Atletico Madrid
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: October 3, 2012 1:12pm
Radamel Falcao: In fine form for Atletico but uncertain how long he will remain in Madrid
Radamel Falcao has stressed he has a contract with Atletico Madrid but admits he does not know what will happen in the future.
The Colombia international striker has been in remarkable form this season, scoring 10 goals in his last five games including a hat-trick against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.
That performance sparked talk of a move to the European champions and Falcao acknowledges there are a lot of factors to consider despite the fact he is focused on his current club.
"I have a contract for more years. Now my reality is Atletico and I cannot think of anything else," he told Marca.
"I do not know what will happen in the future. The situation depends not only on the players and the management but also the economy of the clubs and even the country."
There had been rumours that Falcao could have left Atletico in the summer but the 26-year-old ended up staying with the club despite them missing out on UEFA Champions League football.
And Falcao claims he was guided by what he was told by the club and was happy when it became clear he would be staying in the Spanish capital.
"I could only go by what was said by the club and they said it would be difficult for me to stay if they did not reach the Champions League," he added.
"The future was uncertain regarding the economic issue, but it was a great effort from the team and they kept almost the entire playing staff, which speaks volumes for how well Atletico are doing."
Falcao is certainly doing well personally despite the pressure of replacing Sergio Aguero at the Vicente Calderon last season.
"My goal is to surpass the 36 goals from last season. I do not want to put a cap on it."
A tally of 36 goals represented a superb return and calmed some of the doubters who had questioned the club-record fee that Atletico paid Porto for the forward in August 2011.
Falcao said: "I feel proud. I'm aware that there were people who doubted me. They were not convinced by the fee that was paid as I had come from Portuguese football.
"The murmurs were normal. The team was not good and it made sense.
"There will always be murmurs in football but the important thing is that we turn around people's opinions of both the team and myself."
Asked if he can top last season's tally, he added: "I do not think in numbers although I always use it as a reference point and my goal is to surpass the 36 goals from last season. I do not want to put a cap on it."