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Radamel Falcao turned down two offers from China to stay with Chelsea

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In the winter, many Chelsea fans hoped that the club could sort out a way to see themselves out of the Radamel Falcao loan arrangement signed at the beginning of the season. Rumours linking Falcao to a move back to his parent club AS Monaco and also to the Chinese market went across the media, but they never materialized and the Colombian striker remained within our quarters.

In an interview with Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Falcao revealed that he received two offers from Chinese clubs in the last transfer window, but he decided to stay in England instead to give himself another chance to make things work in the country.

"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 [for a place]."

Commendable attitude, though perhaps foolish and misguided, especially considering that Falcao has missed last five months of the season through various injuries and has just started to return to full training.  It's unlikely that Falcao will make another appearance for Chelsea, let alone have enough opportunities to show his worth in England.

In spite of these problems, Falcao remains focused on the team, and wants to do his best in the present so he can think about the future once the season is over.

"I am focused on the club and just live in the present. Football changes very fast and what today can't happen, tomorrow can. I'm not thinking about what might happen on April 29th [when Chelsea's buying clause for Falcao expires]. My job is to give my best and when the time comes to make decisions, we will analyse everything and see, because everything can change in football."

"Today I think about what Chelsea can do from now to May. I do not look beyond that. Me staying here will depend on many factors, it doesn't depend just on my decision. That's why I try to give my best in training to have a chance [to play], but this will be discussed when we need to make a final decision."

-Radamel Falcao; source: El Tiempo via Goal

Chelsea have made many bad and questionable transfer decisions as of late, but surely, retaining Falcao is not an option in anybody's wildest dreams.  Then again, nobody's ever accused agent Jorge Mendes of being bad as his job, so perhaps you never know.  Here's hoping our paths never cross again with Falcao's after this season, and we can simply wish him best of luck in whatever and wherever may be next for him.

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