The Colombian striker has backed his former coach to do the business at White Hart Lane, but told Goal.com that he has no immediate desire to swap La Liga for a move to England
By Martin del Palacio Langer | Goal.com Spain Chief Editor
Radamel Falcao believes former coach Andre Villas-Boas will be a big success at Tottenham, but says he has no plans to move to the Premier League any time soon.
Falcao shone under Villas-Boas at Porto as the Portuguese side claimed a league, cup and Europa League treble in 2010-11 before both went their separate ways that summer.
The Colombian signed for Atletico Madrid, while Villas-Boas joined Chelsea, and although that move ultimately failed to work out for the Portuguese coach, the Atleti target man is sure his former boss will be hit at new club Tottenham.
"Villas-Boas is a great coach," he told Goal.com in an exclusive interview. "He is very young, very obsessive with detail, he feels and breathes football. I don't know what went wrong at Chelsea, and it's difficult for me to assess the situation as I don't know the details, but I know him and I know he will do well at Spurs or wherever he goes."
Falcao was linked with Chelsea after Villas-Boas moved to Stamford Bridge last summer and has been associated with a possible Premier League switch this year, too, but he insisted that he has no desire to play in England at this stage of his career.
"I don’t really dream about the Premier League," he revealed. "I know it's followed worldwide but I really just think of the Spanish league with Atletico. My mind is not set on another league right now.
"I have a four-year contract, therefore I will stay at Atletico. That's what I know at the moment."
Having won the Europa League at Porto under Villas-Boas in 2010-11, Falcao repeated the feat last term for Diego Simeone's side and became the first player in the history of the competition (previously the Uefa Cup) to finish as top goalscorer on two successive seasons.
"Obviously, the best moment of the season was winning the Europa League," the striker said. "I had some very nice moments during the season, but that one stands out above the rest."
And he was full of praise for Simeone, with whom he also worked at River Plate earlier in his career.
"Simeone is a great coach. He is passionate about football, analyses our rivals thoroughly, knows his tactics and never leaves anything to chance. He's a winner."
Following a positive first season at the Vicente Calderon, Falcao has now set himself new goals for next year, including success with both club and country.
"Atletico gave me the chance to come [to Spain], to try to fight with the bigger teams, to try to reach the Champions League, to win the Europa League again," he explained. "We managed to do well in Europe but were not good enough in the league. I think, all in all, it was a positive first year.
"I can't say what would be an ideal year for me now ... obviously to win it all but I know you can't always win. Anyway, I always try to improve my performances and to help my team. To qualify for the Champions League, the World Cup, to win the league, to win the the Pichichi ... so many things could make 2012-2013 an unforgettable season."
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