Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has indicated that the Spanish giants will not attempt to sign Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao due to a “non-aggression pact” between the bitter inner-city rivals, Sky Sports understands.
Falcao, who bagged a second-half brace in Colombia’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Paraguay on Friday, is undeniably in the form of his career at the moment, having netted eight goals in six league matches for Atletico this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have also netted eight times, for Real Madrid and FC Barcelona respectively, in 2012-13.
“Falcao is a key player of our rivals, as was Sergio Aguero, and there is a kind of non-aggression pact between Atletico and Madrid, therefore I think this is a kind of forbidden subject,” Mourinho told Abola.
“He is a fantastic player and I have a feeling he is a person of the highest level, and I am very happy he is having success at Atletico.”
Aguero, Falcao’s predecessor at the Estadio Vicente Calderon, left Atletico in favor of English Premier League side Manchester City in July 2011, despite being heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid.
The non-aggression pact between the two rivals was the only thing preventing Aguero from joining Los Blancos in 2011.
In fact, earlier this summer, the Argentina international revealed that he would have been a Real Madrid player if the club made an official bid for him back in July 2011.
Without the presence of the non-aggression pact, City surely would not have won the Premier League title last term. As a result, Manchester City remains the main beneficiary of the unwritten pact between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, at least in July 2011.
Bordeaux keen on Chamakh
Bordeaux chairman Jean-Louis Triaud has revealed that out-of-favor Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh could return to the Stade Chaban-Delmas, either on loan or on a permanent basis, during the January transfer window, ESPN Soccernet reports.
Chamakh, who has yet to feature in the Premier League for the Gunners this season, tallied one goal and one assist in 18 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal last term.
“There is a serious chance Chamakh could return,” revealed Triaud. “Money is the key question because salaries in the Premier League are enormous but it’s also necessary for him to play.
“In December 2011 I sent a message to say the door was open for a return but he wanted to stay. Now the message is there again with the same objective.”
Chamakh is most definitely finished at Arsenal, and a return to his former club Bordeaux could be exactly what he needs to get his career back on track.
He may have wanted to stay at the Emirates Stadium in the winter of 2011, but I highly doubt that he would reject an offer from Bordeaux this time around.
After all, he’s played 20 out of a possible 900+ minutes for the Gunners in 2012-13, and those 20 minutes came against Coventry City in the Capital One Cup.