Atletico President angry at courting of striker

Radamel Falcao, Athletico Madrid StrikerAtletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo has finally hit out at Manchester City and Chelsea following the intense speculation regarding Atletico forward Ramadel Falcao.

The striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League since the summer, and rumours about a potential transfer are yet to die down.

Ramadel Falcao is known throughout Europe for his clinical finishing and carries with him an impressive strike rate. The Columbian scored 49 in 51 appearances for F.C. Porto, before his £35million move to Atletico Madrid where the striker kept up his goal-scoring record, including 11 goals from seven appearances so far this season in La Liga.

Atletico President Cerezo has now responded angrily to the constant speculation over the 26-year-old’s future. After a Spanish Football federation meeting, Cerezo told reporters: “I’m not rude, but I’m really angry. Everything in life has a limit. I don’t know his future, but if you know it you can tell him.

“I can’t stand to hear this rumour anymore. I can only say that Falcao now plays for Atletico Madrid.”

The aggressive response from Cerezo may suggest that the club are finally giving up on keeping the Columbian international. Last week, Atletico’s general manager Gil Marin announced an acceptable fee for the sought-after striker.

“€60m (£48m) for Falcao would solve all the economic problems at Atletico.

“In Europe there are 50 clubs with more income than we have. If we were to sell Falcao for €60m, then that would cover our debts,” he said.

Marin said however, that the player would not be available in January, which will no doubt be a disappointment to Chelsea and Manchester City who are both very interested in signing the goal machine.

“I can say for sure, though, that he will stay with us until the end of the season.

“Not only will he stay, but so will all the players that the coach wants to stay,” he added.

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