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Radamel Falcao inks contract extension with Monaco

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Newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions Monaco have extended veteran striker Radamel Falcao's contract until 2020, after the Colombian went through an "unbelievable season", scoring 30 goals and six assists in all competitions to revive his football career.

"Monaco are delighted to announce that the club captain and top goalscorer (21 goals in Ligue 1) has agreed a contract extension until 2020," the club said in a statement on Thursday.

Falcao, 31, spent two disappointing seasons on loan to English Premier League (EPL) clubs Manchester United and Chelsea due to a serious injury, before returning to Monaco ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Falcao made huge contribution to Monaco's domestic league champion and semi-final berth in UEFA Champions League with his striking partner, the 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe.

"I am pleased to continue my adventure at Monaco. After this unbelievable season in which I got back to my best, all I wanted was to keep this great story going," said the club captain after his contract extension.

"I'm convinced that this project will be just as exciting next season, as we aim for the best," he added.

Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev said: "I am very happy that Falcao has extended his contract with the club. I have always said that he is one of the best strikers in world football and this season he has proven that his talent is intact.

"It's satisfying to keep him as a goal scorer and a leader of our team. After this outstanding season, it demonstrates once again our ambition for the future."

After extending Falcao's deal, Monaco still face an uphill challenge in keeping their regular squad after a successful season. Some promising stars, including Mbappe and Fabinho, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, have been on radar of some European top-level clubs.

Monaco midfielder Bernado Silva confirmed his move to Manchester City a week ago.