The serious knee injury sustained by Colombian striker Radamel Falcao last season destroyed his hopes of securing a dream move to Real Madrid, according to a high profile journalist.
Jaime Dinas, a Colombian journalist who has covered the careers of Falcao and international team mate James Rodriguez, said the former Atletico de Madrid man had his heart set on a move to Madrid from Monaco before the injury ended his season in January last year. He also missed the World Cup, with Rodriguez stepping up to become the star man for his country.
Speaking on Spanish football show El Chiringuito this week, Dinas was asked for some insight into both players. On Falcao’s injury, he commented: “The institution weren’t going to take a risk on a player whose condition was such an uncertainty. That’s why Manchester United took him on loan.
“He suffered a real low with his injury, because he knew he had a great chance of signing for one of the great elite clubs, and that the dream was now over.”
The reporter also said the injury affected his relationship with Rodriguez, who has become a star at Real and with his country. The pair remain good friends, but Falcao was hit hard by having to watch the World Cup on the sidelines.
“Though he has a great friendship with James, that hit him very hard,” Dinas said.