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Oct, 30, 2012

Falcao not thinking about Atletico exit

Radamel Falcao has again admitted that his future at Atletico Madrid is uncertain, but he is not thinking about leaving the Estadio Vicente Calderon at the moment.

• Falcao 'in world's top two'
• Ballon d'Or nominations

The Colombian striker now has 17 goals in just 12 games for club and country this season, form which has seen him linked with €60-million moves to Real Madrid, Chelsea or Manchester City as early as the January transfer window.

He told Spanish TV show Punta Pelota on Monday night that he might have left Atletico last summer due to the club's serious financial problems and could do so in the future.

"I do not even know what will happen tomorrow," Falcao said. "I am happy and enjoying myself at my club. Later we will see. I am not thinking about leaving at the moment. I never think about it. That idea is not in my head."

El Tigre, who was named on Monday in the 23 man longlist for this year's Ballon D'Or award, would not be drawn on his chances of claiming the prize ahead of favourites Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Others are responsible for choosing, I really appreciate being on the list," he said. "It would be unjust to name a name and leave somebody out. (Messi and Ronaldo) are great players. Both stand out for their ambition."

Falcao did stress he was disappointed that there was no place on the ten man 'Coach of the Year' list for his club boss Diego Simeone, who in his ten months at Atletico has turned a ramshackle and divided squad into Europa League winners and now has the team joint top of the early Primera Division table.

"(Simeone) has done a lot to be there," El Tigre said. "He did not have time to prepare last season and he got the machine going immediately. Thank to him we were close to qualifying for the Champions League. It is a pity that they do not recognise him."

The forward said it was too early yet to think about a title challenge, that he was just focused on this week's away games in the Copa del Rey and La Liga.

"We are not thinking about March, but just going game to game," he said. "We have Jaen, then Valencia..."

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