London - Colombian international striker Radamel Falcao said
Friday he is raring to go at Chelsea after signing a one-year loan deal with
the English Premier League champions.
The 29-year-old came out of a disastrous one year loan at
Manchester United and is looking forward to plying his trade under Jose
Mourinho for the forthcoming season.
"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can't wait
to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being
successful in Europe," he told the club's website.
French side Monaco, who own his contract, confirmed that a
deal had been made with Chelsea and the London side have a "buy
option" for Falcao.
Falcao endured a frustrating spell at Manchester United last
season, managing just four goals for the Old Trafford side.
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He also failed to score for Colombia as they reached the
Copa America quarter-finals.
United had an option to purchase the former Atletico Madrid
and Porto hitman at the end of his year-long stay but decided against a
The Colombian suffered a serious knee injury which ruled him
out of the 2014 World Cup and has since struggled to rediscover the form, which
saw him revered as one of the world's top strikers.
Mourinho said last month he wanted to revive the forward's
career, saying: "It hurts me that people in England think that the real
Falcao is the one we saw at Manchester United."
The striker's first European club was Portuguese side Porto,
where Mourinho made his reputation as a coach. Chelsea had a striker vacancy
after Ivory Coast veteran Didier Drogba left at the end of the season.
Falcao made his Champions League debut against Chelsea and
also scored a hat-trick against the Blues in the European Super Cup during a
spell with Atletico Madrid.
He then moved to Monaco but was less successful in France where
he suffered the knee injury that caused his World Cup heartbreak.
After his United flop, Mourinho will hope Falcao can
rediscover his goal-scoring touch at Stamford Bridge and bolster an attack
already featuring Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
Falcao is set to join his new team-mates on Chelsea's
pre-season tour of the United States, ahead of a possible return to Old
Trafford on December 28.
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