Radamel Falcao has said he joined Manchester United in the summer because the Red Devils rather than Real Madrid were prepared to gamble on his fitness.
The Colombian forward missed a large part of last season with Monaco and the World Cup in Brazil with a serious knee injury. But after making a return to fitness, the striker joined the Old Trafford side in a sensational deadline-day loan move.
Los Blancos had long been linked with a move for the former Atletico de Madrid man with talk of his return to the Spanish capital peaking after Alvaro Morata left the club for Juventus meaning Carlo Ancelotti was on the lookout for a new forward.
But in an interview with radio station Onda Cero, Falcao said any talk of the Madrid move is now in the past and he appreciates the gamble United took on him.
“I would rather not to talk about that. It is already past and I have to look to the future. I have to look to Manchester United. I am very happy here,” he stated.
And he added: “There were many talks and speculations (about Real Madrid) but Manchester United were the ones that gambled on me when it was very difficult to do so (because of fears over his fitness). I really appreciate that. I am in one of the best clubs in the world.”