Atletico Madrid president brushes off Falcao rumors

Enrique Cerezo is tired of the speculation around his star forward, who he thinks will be a game-changer in the Copa del Rey final.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has brushed off speculation linking Radamel Falcao with Monaco.

Rumors surfaced on Thursday that the striker is set to join the cash-rich French club in the summer for a whopping 60 million euros, with a pay packet per year set at a pocket-bulging 10 million euros.

The Atletico chief revealed his frustration at the continued transfer saga around his star striker and instead looked ahead to the Copa del Rey final on May 17 against Real Madrid, which he believes Falcao can turn in Atleti's favor.

"Now Falcao's going to Monaco? We are going to go around the whole world!" Cerezo told reporters on Friday. "Falcao is a specialist at playing in finals and, in the end, he can help us win them.

"Finals are there to be won, but nothing is easy, and we intend to go out there with all the enthusiasm in the world to achieve success."

Cerezo refused to accept that Jose Mourinho's public arguments with a number of his players this week will affect the Blancos' morale but insists that Atleti will go into the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu with every belief it can lift the trophy.

"That thing about fishermen profiting in an untidy river is not completely true," Cerezo said. "Madrid are a great team. We will go into the game with excitement, with a strong will and with a desire to win against Real Madrid in their own stadium."

Atleti's last success in the Copa del Rey came in 1996 when it beat Barcelona in extra-time.

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