By Coral Barry
Jose Mourinho has insisted that Radamel Falcao must work harder if he wants to be picked.
The Colombia international has struggled for game time at Chelsea in what is his second consecutive Premier League loan following last season’s disaster at Manchester United.
The Colombian has managed just 193 minutes this season, scoring once for Chelsea and a mere five times in all during his 14 months in England.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League match at Dynamo Kiev, Mourinho warned Falcao that he is not doing enough in training or on the pitch to dislodge current first choice striker Diego Costa.
“He has to give us more than Diego,” said Mourinho. “We play with one striker and I always go for the performance level.
“It’s a direct competition, two players for one position, and the best one plays.”
Falcao was left out of the Chelsea match-day squad for Saturday’s win over Aston Villa, further fuelling reports that he is ready to cut his losses and return to parent club Monaco.
Mourinho claimed he was unaware of any truth in the stories.
“I don’t know if it’s true because to me he says absolutely nothing in relation to that, and I speak with him every day.
“It’s strange that the press knows something I don’t know and my club doesn’t know. We don’t have any information about this.”