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