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Monaco deny Falcao is unsettled

Claudio Ranieri and Eric Abidal have both insisted there is "no problem" with star striker Radamel Falcao at Monaco.

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The Colombian forward, 27, has missed his club's last three games with a thigh injury which French media have suggested is nothing more than a smokescreen to cover Falcao's desire to quit the principality in January.

Though he was said to be at the Stade Louis II for his team's 1-0 victory over Ajaccio, the former Porto and Atletico Madrid player was nowhere to be seen. Ranieri, however, told the press they were the ones suggesting the prolific striker, who has nine league goals this season, was unhappy.

"Even if I tell you, 'No, there's no problem with Falcao', you write 'Yes', so write what you want," the Italian coach, 62, told reporters. "I tell you, and I repeat it: there is no problem with Falcao. He'll be there for training on Wednesday and I hope for the next game that he'll either play or at least be on the bench with us."

Falcao has been strongly linked with Real Madrid, who reportedly were unable to buy him last summer given the gentlemens' agreement between themselves and neighbours Atletico not to sign players directly from each other.

He signed a five-year contract at the Stade Louis II, though the deal reportedly included a clause allowing him to move to Real.

"I didn't see him," Abidal, whose side have won the three games they have played without Falcao to move to within two points of leaders PSG, told Canal+. "There was talk that he had to go and get treatment. It doesn't matter. Whether he's in Monaco or elsewhere, the important thing is that he comes back at 100 percent.

"He's said he isn't going to leave, that he's going to stay. He wanted to come to Monaco, he's here and is a great professional. It's up to us to put him in the best conditions. The important thing for him is not to aggravate his injury. He's taking his time to recover, and we're trying to do what needs to be done while he's not in the side." 

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