Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has pledged his future to the club ahead of Wednesday night’s Europa League final with Athletic Bilbao.
The Colombia international has enjoyed a spectacular debut campaign with the Rojiblancos after joining from Porto last season, netting 36 times in all competitions so far this season.
That has prompted talk of a move to one of Europe’s elite, but Falcao insists that he is happy at the Vicente Calderon and is focused on the meeting with Athletic in Bucharest, and this weekend’s Liga clash with Villarreal - a game Diego Simeone’s men must win to give themselves a chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
“I have a contract for another four seasons and I am thinking only of Atletico,” the striker told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I would not have signed a deal that long if I did not believe that I would stay here for a while.
“Nobody knows the future, but I am focused on Atletico, this final, the game on Sunday and next season.
“Obviously this is not sufficient to stop the rumours and the speculation, but these ideas are clear in my mind.”
Falcao is extremely wary of the threat posed by Athletic to his side’s hopes of European glory, but he is confident that Argentine coach Simeone, who only arrived in the Spanish capital during the winter break, will have the Rojiblancos in exactly the right frame of mind for the all-Spanish showdown.
“'Cholo' has given us a big boost psychologically since he took over and is driving us hard to achieve our goals in the next few days: European success and qualification for the Champions League,” he explained.
“On the mental level, we have been transformed under him; he has given us strength, tranquillity and security.”
The Europa League final kicks off in Romania at 20.45CET.