The buzz: Falcao to stay? Diego to return?

We take a look at the latest on the Falcao and Diego rumours

Falcao in training at the Vicente Calderón

Falcao in training (clubatleticodemadrid.com/Ángel Gutiérrez)

Atlético forward Falcao dismissed recent reports of an imminent €55 million transfer to Manchester United on Tuesday.

“I really don’t know where this information comes from,” the striker told Colombian radio station RCN.

‘El Tigre also spoke about the media, Atlético, the Colombian national team and on becoming a father.

On his relationship with the media

“I don’t know them and I deal very little with them and try to insulate myself enough from that so that it doesn’t put me off, it doesn’t upset me and it doesn’t throw my focus off of my objective, which is my club [Atlético Madrid].”

On Atlético’s successful season

“This has been achieved thanks to hard work, perseverance and continuing with the same attitude. We’re on the right track in our quest to gain entry to the Champions League, plus the final of the Spanish Cup and if we manage to win it, it would be a very significant year after having won the Super Cup.”

On the poor form attributed to him in recent weeks

“I can’t always score as they want, and the goals will come, but we’re working as a team to achieve victories.”

On his future

“Today, I am focussed on Atlético Madrid because I still have three years remaining on my contract. In the future we’ll see if the club declares it needs money or wants to make changes, but in the meantime I’ll continue with Atlético.”

On the Colombian national team

“Today, what keeps me awake is reaching the World Cup and Colombia progressing; this is essential and what all of us on the national team wish for. The biggest dream I have is to play a World Cup, progress and be a key player.”

On becoming a father

“Only those who are parents can relate, as sometimes words aren’t enough to describe what it’s really like; to recognise how wonderful it is, how great and also the great responsibility it signifies.”

If he would like his kid to become a footballer

“If it were a boy, I’d like for him to do what he loves, but almost all men wish to share these types of things with their sons and more so in my case because I come from a tradition of football in which my father played football professionally and now I do. But I don’t know if I’d like him to continue that legacy, because one also suffers a lot here [in football]. It’s complicated and quite the topic, but it would be wonderful to see him play.”

No return to Atleti for Diego Ribas?

Former Atlético loanee midfielder Diego Ribas, now back at Wolfsburg, was interviewed by COPE on Wednesday. Among other questions, he was asked about his future.

An important player in Atleti’s 2012 Europa League winning team, the Brazilian is said to be Rojiblanco manager Diego Simeone’s number one transfer target for this summer.

However, despite rampant speculation about his future, Diego suggested a return to Atlético wasn’t on the cards.

“The director of football and the coach want me to stay at Wolfsburg next season,” he said.

“I have a year left on my contract and at this moment I have no contact with any other club.”