It's safe to say that the Radamel Falcao experiment at Chelsea did not go as planned. Following his less than impressive performances at the start of the season and a long-term injury that made him unavailable from early November to late March, it's clear that the striker's future lies elsewhere.
In an interview with TyC Sports, Falcao has revealed that he is set to return and once again play (at least for one season) for his parent club AS Monaco.
"Monaco made a big investment in me and they want some return on that. They want me back at the club for next season. I need to have minutes, to play, and we'll see what happens. Monaco want to see what my position is in a year, to see what possibilities I have."
"The project changed, it took a turn in every sense. Today they're more of a selling club than they were three years ago, when they wanted to put a very strong team together. In principle, the idea is that I'll be with Monaco for that season."
-Radamel Falcao; source: TyC Sports via London Evening Standard
Previously, it had been assumed that Falcao would not stay with Monaco even after his Chelsea loan was over. For example, in the winter, he nearly joined another one of his former clubs, River Plate, already, while rumors of China had been floated as well.
"In that moment, all involved, Monaco, Chelsea and myself, we had in mind to continue in Europe. Then in February, Chelsea told me that I was not going to be counted on as I will not be staying there for the coming seasons. At that stage, when they tried again, it was already too late to return to River."
-Radamel Falcao; source: TyC Sports via ESPN
Despite working hard to regain some fitness, Falcao wasn't included by manager José Pekerman in Colombia's 40-man preliminary squad for the Copa América. Once considered one of the best strikers in the world, it's certainly been sad to witness Falcao's downfall first hand.