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Radamel Falcao insists he is happy at Monaco. Reuters
Radamel Falcao insists he is happy at Monaco. Reuters
Radamel Falcao insists he is happy at Monaco. Reuters

Radamel Falcao has poured cold water over reports of unrest at Monaco, insisting he is quite settled at the Ligue 1 club.

Falcao completed a big-money move from Atletico Madrid last summer, but reports in France have constantly suggested the Colombian striker is unhappy with life in the Principality.

The former Porto player has also reportedly struggled to get along with manager Claudio Ranieri, with Falcao not too amused after being substituted in a game against Nantes at the end of November.

That has led to Falcao being linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.

But one side that keeps getting linked with Falcao is Chelsea, a club that failed to secure the Colombian's signature in the summer despite strong interest.

Both Falcao and Blues manager Jose Mourinho share the same agent - Jorge Mendes - and that could prove a deciding factor in a future move.

With the January transfer window approaching soon, reports suggesting an impending Falcao switch will only gather pace; however, as far as the player himself is concerned, he has no plans on leaving and is quite happy at Monaco, revealing the reasons behind his recent absence is a thigh injury.

"I am very happy at Monaco," Falcao told L'Equipe. "I have no problem with the coach, just my thigh. But I will [return] soon. I feel better. There is much speculation around me. I have a five-year contract, and I am very happy here, and my wife is very happy to live here."

Falcao also stressed he has absolutely no problems with Ranieri, thanking the Italian for keeping faith in him during tough times because of injury.

"I want to thank Claudio Ranieri, who keeps patience in these times, and waits knowing I'm better off without putting pressure on me and giving me his confidence.

"I also want to thank the club that has always behaved very well with me. People who are at my side know very well that I am very well in Monaco and that everything goes well with the club."

If Chelsea were to pull off an incredible deal in January or even next summer, which looks more likely, the Blues will have to stump up the asking price of £85 million set by Monaco for the 27-year-old.