Radamel Falcao has had an abysmal season at Chelsea, but the striker is not leaving Stamford Bridge for Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg.
Falcao, 29, struggled last season while on loan at Manchester United, only scoring four goals in 29 appearances.
He was loan out again this season from AS Monaco to reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, but things haven’t been much better for the Colombian striker. With only a single goal in 10 appearances so far this season, there has been rumors circulating that he could be on his way out in the winter transfer window.
The club that Falcao has been linked with the most is Russian side Zenit, coached by Andre Villas-Boas who coached Falcao during their time together at Porto.
But the rumors are now being dismissed by Villas-Boas.
“No I haven’t had a conversation with Jose, the player belongs to Chelsea, on loan from Monaco,” Villas-Boas told The Daily Mirror.
“It’s difficult to bring such a player to Russia with the rules and regulations we have, we tried to bring him here in the summer at the start of the season, but then the rules changed a week before the season started
“We can’t bring him here because of the rules and we don’t have space.
“Due to the limitations we can’t bring Falcao here, his salary is immense too and the financial rules in place prevent this, this is the rule chosen by (Russia’s sports minister) Mr Mutko and the so this is impossible.”