Colombian Striker: Radamel Falcao
Following his high profile transfer from AS Monaco to Manchester United, Radamel Falcao completes the strike-force with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie. We got a chance to speak to him and here are the excerpts.
Your loan move to Manchester United shocked many people – how did it all happen?
When I knew there was interest from Manchester United – I knew that I wanted to play for them. For me, they are still the biggest club in the world – and it is a real honour to be able to wear The Manchester United jersey.
Manchester United only has you on a season-long loan at the moment – can you tell us what might happen after that?
I want to stay at Manchester United for many years to come. It is the dream to make the move permanent in the summer, and become a legend at this club. That would be the dream – but before next summer we have many games to play and a lot of ambition for this to be a very good season.
Your goalscoring record, wherever you have been, has been amazing – are you confident you can continue that in England?
Of course, I want to score goals – and hope that I can score many for Manchester United. I want to be a team player more than anything though. The most important thing is that we get good results – and I am scoring or making goals – it does not matter as long as the team is doing well.
How important is it that Manchester United qualify for The Champions League?
It is very important. This club should not just be playing Champions League football – but we should be one of the clubs in contention to win it. I believe that we have the quality and character to make sure that we are back playing in the competition again next season.
What is the ambition for this season?
Like you say the first thing is to finish in the top 4 and qualify for The Champions League. It is not that finishing fourth is our target – it is the minimum this club should be achieving. We are not in Europe – but it would be great for the club and the fans if we could win a domestic trophy.
How important is the Copa America tournament for you as a player and for your country to get a great result?
Being injured for The World Cup was not a good feeling – but I was so proud of how the team performed in Brazil – and what they achieved. I think we have shown that Colombia is a serious team – and we will be arriving in Chile next summer with real ambitions to win The Copa America.
Your Colombian teammate James Rodriguez is now one of the top layers in the world. Just how good can he become?
Real Madrid made him their main transfer target in the summer – I think that tells you all you need to know about him. He can become the best midfielder in the world – if he is not already. He is already playing at such a high level – but being so young – he is only going to become better and better.
We saw a lot of Colombian dancing from the players at The World Cup – can we expect to see your moves in Manchester?
(Laughs) You never know.
What is your favourite food?
It is a “Tapao De Pescado” which is an authentic Colombian dish. Basically, it is a fish stew – and it is absolutely delicious.
How important is it that football becomes more popular in India?
I think you have to respect countries and their national sports. We know football will never overtake NBA in The US – and we don’t expect it to overtake cricket in India. There is a big place for football in India though – and I hope it keeps growing.