‘Falcao liked living in Madrid, but…’

Ricardo Carvalho has mused on Monaco teammate Radamel Falcao’s affinity with Madrid, but denies that the striker can leave for Real Madrid.

The former Atletico Madrid man has been continually linked with a future move to Los Blancos, in spite of only having just completed a move out to Monaco this summer.

“He liked living there [in Madrid],” current teammate Carvalho commented on radio show Tiempo Extra this week.

“But it is not true that he may be looking to get out of Monaco. He is alright here, scoring goals and he is important for us.

“But the future is never known. In football, what it is today it may not be the following morning.”

The veteran was at Madrid up until the summer and so was asked of his view on Jose Mourinho dropping Iker Casillas in favour of Diego Lopez.

“He is a great goalkeeper, but at the time he got injured. Diego [Lopez], who I did not know, was very good.

“It was very difficult after those games to take him out because it was not fair. It is certain that Diego Lopez has been impressive during the time that Casillas was out.

“And in the end it is up to the Coach. In our case, Mourinho believed there was no reason to drop Diego.”

Carvalho has enjoyed a close working relationship with Mourinho through his career, playing under him at Porto, Chelsea and until last year with Los Blancos.

“Things began well [at Madrid], and then in the second year I did not play and I was not so good physically, he thought of me differently than I thought of myself and believed that the best thing for me was to leave.

“But I believed that I could help. He respected me a lot and I ended up playing several games. Indeed, there is much respect between him and me.

“Why did I move to Madrid? For me, it would have been easier to stay at Chelsea where I had two years left on my contract. But since I was at Porto I had wanted to play for Madrid.”

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