Europa League - Falcao commits to Porto
Wed, 18 May 23:57:00 2011
Colombia striker Radamel Falcao re-affirmed his desire to stay at Porto next season after scoring his 38th goal of the season to seal a 1-0 victory over Braga in the Europa League final.
The 25-year-old had broken Juergen Klinsmann's record 15-goal haul in the competition during the semi-finals when he scored five gainst Villarreal and by heading in the winner he took his tally to 17.
The striker has said he is happy at the Portuguese side, whom he joined in 2009 from Argentina's River Plate.
"I am just thinking about enjoying this right now and Porto wants me a lot. The truth is I want to be at Porto and enjoy it," he said.
Porto are reportedly keen for him to sign a new contract.
"Both sides seem to be available and we will see about that during the next year," the striker said.
"Of course, one day I might play in other leagues, of course there are expectations, but now I want to enjoy this and take Porto to the Champions League next year," he added.
Porto Champions !
Combining great movement and great aerial ability, Falcao has spearheaded Porto's remarkable campaign in which he has shared over 70 goals with his strike partner Hulk and attracted attention from the continent's major clubs.
Falcao's 44th-minute goal was the highlight of a generally tame first all-Portuguese final, with the striker timing his run perfectly to guide the ball beyond keeper Artur Moraes with a trademark curling header.
"It was a moment in which I had to stay very calm and when I saw the ball in the air, I had to wait for the right moment to head it. It's the happiest day of my life, I dreamt of this since I was a boy," he said.
He also scored 16 goals in the Portuguese Premier League to help Porto clinch the title without losing a match and could add to his total and help the club lift another trophy on Sunday when they meet Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese Cup final.Reuters