Monaco won't recall Radamel Falcao from Chelsea; El Shaarawy out
Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao looks set to stay at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the season after Monaco ruled out taking him back early, while the Ligue 1 club are also preparing to send Stephan El Shaarawy back to Italy.
Falcao is on loan at Chelsea but has struggled to make a notable contribution since Jose Mourinho brought him in during the summer.
The Colombian has not featured at all since the end of October because of a thigh injury, on which he underwent checks at Monaco's training ground earlier this week.
Now Monaco believe he faces an extended spell out of action, meaning recalling him to the Stade Louis II would not be an appealing option.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said in an interview on the club's DailyMotion page: "Falcao is currently injured. He has six to eight weeks to go like that. We have decided not to take him back to Monaco for the moment."
Halfway through a season-long loan with Chelsea, the former Atletico Madrid striker has scored just one goal. He was similarly goal-shy while at Manchester United last season. With Diego Costa and Loic Remy ahead of him in the pecking order, even a fit Falcao would appear unlikely to get much playing time with Chelsea for the rest of the season.
Press Association Sport reported Falcao recently rejected approaches from Mexican and Turkish clubs.
His contract with Monaco expires in 2018. Monaco signed the striker from Atletico in 2013 for £52 million, but he spent just one season in Ligue 1, suffering a major knee injury midway through, before embarking on a disappointing loan spell at Old Trafford.
Vasilyev also said El Shaarawy has likely played his final game for Monaco.
"El Shaarawy is not any more in the project of the head coach of Monaco," he said. "We are currently negotiating to find a solution. Maybe it's not a comeback in Milan. It could be elsewhere.
"We are not planning to make him play again. That's not planned. He's a great player with a lot of qualities. He's an international player with Italy. We need to find the right solution for everyone. I hope we will."
Stephan El Shaarawy has yet to score in Ligue 1 for Monaco in 15 appearances while on loan from AC Milan.
"We are discussing with Milan, his agent and other clubs in order to find something," Vasilyev added. "I would like for Stephan that he keeps playing in order to be at the Euro because I know that the [Italy] coach, [Antonio] Conte, is thinking of him. I would like to find the right solution for him."
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani also said talks are underway to send El Shaarawy to Roma.
"There are negotiations with Roma for El Shaarawy," Galliani told Mediaset Premium. "If we were to reach an agreement with Roma, we'd have to sit around a table to find a solution."