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The Colombian striker's goalscoring exploits have seen him linked with moves to numerous European heavyweights but his Turkish team-mate is keen for him to stay put

Arda Turan concedes that Radamel Falcao would leave a sizeable gap behind if he were to depart Atletico Madrid any time soon, as speculation continues to surround the future of the prolific forward.

The Colombian left Porto for the Spanish capital last summer in a €40 million [£32m] deal. In his debut season he fired Atleti to fifth place in La Liga and Europa League glory and has maintained his goalscoring form this term, with 13 strikes in just nine matches to date.

However, his long-term commitment to the Vicente Calderon appears clouded, with Goal.com exclusively revealing that European champions Chelsea are eyeing a January swoop for the hitman, and his Turkish colleague admitsthat  his departure could prove detrimental.

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"It would be difficult if Falcao left," Arda told Milliyet. "[Falcao is] very humble, not selfish and has the respect of everyone."

The winger then spoke about Atletico's intentions to win a trophy by the end of the season and also moved to deny reports coming from Turkey that he wants to leave Spain in favour of a return to his homeland.

"The favourites for La Liga are Barca and [Real] Madrid," he continued. "Trying to break them up is difficult but we want to be in contention for titles.

"I have no plans to return to Turkey. I want to play at Atletico for a long time. I'm happy with this team. If I was not [feeling] well here, I would have the option of going to another club."

Meanwhile, his compatriot and club-mate, Emre, expressed a different view from Arda's regarding the Rojiblancos' priorities for this campaign, claiming that it would be "unrealistic" to envisage a Liga tussle with Real Madrid and Barcelona at this stage.

"The Europa League is our main goal and we have to be realistic in competing with Barcelona and Real Madrid," the midfielder argued.

"In football, things change quickly. It is too early to talk about candidates."

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