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Falcao hits out at Real link 'lies'

Monaco boss Claudio Ranieri has denied that Colombian forward Radamel Falcao will leave for Real Madrid, with the player himself reiterating that claim.

Emmanuel Riviere and Radamel Falcao celebrate during Monaco's win against Montpellier.
Falcao celebrates with hat-trick hero Emmanuel Riviere.

Falcao, 27, joined last season's Ligue 2 champions on a five-year deal for a reported €60 million earlier this summer. On Sunday, Spanish sports daily Marca claimed Falcao would welcome a return to La Liga if principality club Monaco were forced to apply the French government's proposed 75% tax on all earnings of more than €1 million -- a move that would significantly eat into his reported €14 million salary.

However, after scoring his second goal in as many Ligue 1 games in his team's 4-1 victory over Montpellier on Sunday, former Atletico Madrid striker Falcao hit out at Marca.

"I would simply like to say that the article in Marca is a tissue of lies,” L'Equipe reported him as saying. “It's just a load of rubbish. I'm very happy in Monaco. I chose this project."

Falcao, making his home debut, was upstaged by strike partner Emmanuel Riviere, who hit a hat-trick as Monaco registered a second successive league win.

At full-time, Ranieri told reporters: "What do you want me to say? The rumours are rumours. Falcao is staying at Monaco. Of course he's happy here. His child [Dominique, born on August 13] was born here -- he feels good here."

Those sentiments were echoed by Falcao’s team-mates, with Jeremy Toulalan saying: "After the way he played on Sunday, there's nothing to worry about. They're questions that have no place to be asked."

Eric Abidal added: "I don't know too much about what the press is saying. For the moment, he's here. "I hope he'll stay with us, and I think that's his objective."

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