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Simeone will not block Falcao exit

SoccerNews in La Liga 24 May 2013

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says he will not stand in the way of Radamel Falcao if the striker chooses to leave the club.

The Colombia international has been linked with a move away from the Spanish capital, with a host of Europe’s biggest clubs and Ligue 2 champions Monaco said to be vying for his signature.

“I don’t know anything official yet,” Simeone told Marca.

“I’ve known him since he was a child and I wish him all the best. If he feels that he needs to make a move, I’ll be happy for him.

“If he stays with us, I’ll be happy too.”

Falcao moved to the Vicente Calderon from Porto in 2011 and Atletico to the UEFA Europa League title last season, before lifting the European Super Cup and Copa del Rey this term.

It was believed he had agreed a deal to join Chelsea at the season’s end, along with Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, but Monaco are now looking to hijack that move, with coach Claudio Ranieri optimistic the Colombian will arrive at Stade Louis II.

Falcao scored 34 for goals in all competitions for Atletico this season, helping them to secure a third-placed finish.

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