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Falcao 'dreaming of Real Madrid'

September 5, 2012
By ESPN staff

Radamel Falcao's father has revealed the striker is dreaming of a move to arch rivals Real Madrid.

Radamel Falcao
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Falcao is expected to leave Atletico Madrid at some stage in the next year, with the club currently in significant debt. Their chief executive, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, admitted this week that a sale in the near future is inevitable and stressed that they "took a risk" in rejecting offers for the Colombia striker during the summer.

His father, Radamel Garcia, had recently said that a move to Chelsea or Manchester City was "very likely" in January, and added that his son had been a boyhood admirer of the current Champions League holders. However, after rumours emerged that Real Madrid were interested, it appears Stamford Bridge would no longer be his destination of choice.

Saying that Falcao "will change teams at the end of the year", his father told the Colombian radio programme El Gran debate de Todelar: "His dream is to play for Real Madrid.

"Since he was a boy he's always wanted to play there. Other teams in Europe like Chelsea and Manchester City were interested in him. If he can't play for Real Madrid, he'll play for a team in England."

He added: "Of course he wants to go to the 2014 World Cup but, most of all, he wants to go to Real Madrid."

Falcao later took to Twitter to insist he remains committed to Atletico, writing: "So that everyone is clear: My dream is to keep winning trophies with Atletico Madrid and to qualify for the World Cup with Colombia."