River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrito has expressed his desire to bring Radamel Falcao back to the Argentine club.
Radamel Falcao spent 4 seasons at River Plate between 2005-2009, scoring 46 goals in 111 appearances across all competitions for the club before making a €3.93 million move to FC Porto.
Since arriving in Europe, the Colombian striker became an attacking force to reckoned with, winning consecutive Europa League titles with FC Porto and Atletico Madrid, and seemed almost unstoppable until he picked up a severe ACL injury in January 2014.
After recovering from the injury, the El Tigre joined Manchester United on loan from Monaco in September 2014, but his time at the Theatre of Dreams was nightmarish, having scored only four goals in 29 appearances. Falcao then moved to Chelsea on a season-long loan in July 2015, but his career at the Blues has been similarly unsuccessful and injury-laden.
Amidst such troublesome times in the striker’s career, his former club River Plate have opened their doors to offer him a way out, with the club president admitting it would be nice to have the 30-year-old back in Argentina.
President Rodolfo D’Onofrito said (as translated into English by IBTimes): “Six months ago I contacted Falcao via some friends that we have in common, to see if he was eager to return to River.
“At the time, he told me that he wanted to continue in Europe, something which is understandable, as he is at a big club (Chelsea) and earning astronomical figures.
“He is the one who must decide if he intends to return to River, as [Andres] D’Alessandro and [Fernando] Cavenaghi did at the time. Everything depends on his decision. If Falcao has [made] the decision to return to River, the doors are open [for him]. It would be really nice to have him at the club again.”