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Falcao future up in the air - agent

Radamel Falcao's agent Jorge Mendes admits the striker's future with Manchester United is uncertain.

Falcao is on a season-long loan deal at United from Monaco which includes the option for the Barclays Premier League side to buy.

But there have been plenty of questions as to the likelihood of the Red Devils taking up that option, with the 28-year-old having only netted three times so far in an injury-affected campaign and being left out of the squad altogether for Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Southampton.

Reports have suggested Falcao was shocked by United boss Louis van Gaal's decision to omit him from the matchday 18, a call the manager confirmed was tactical.

Van Gaal did also stress after Sunday's game that Falcao had started the previous five fixtures and that the next match would be "another moment" in terms of selection.

Mendes, meanwhile, said of the Colombia frontman to Sky Italia: "He is a fantastic player, and I think it's very difficult for Manchester United fans.

"They have an absolutely brilliant player, one of the very best in the world, who would without any doubt play 90 minutes of the match, every time, with any other club.

"The truth is, right now we don't know what will happen.

"What we do know is that he will play in one of the very best clubs in the world next season, whether that is Manchester United or not.

"I am 100 per cent sure of that. But you know how football works, we need to wait a little. We'll see what happens."

Meanwhile, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has suggested the Spanish giants have no need to sign United goalkeeper David de Gea.

De Gea has been linked with a move back to his homeland with Real, while the Red Devils have this month brought in another high-profile shot stopper in-ex Barcelona man Victor Valdes.

But asked if he could see Real recruiting De Gea, Calderon told talkSPORT: "I don't know, but what I do know is we already have the best goalkeeper in the world, which is Iker Casillas.

"We also have just bought Keylor Navas. I don't see any need to get any other goalkeeper.

"De Gea is perhaps also one of the top five goalkeepers in the world but Casillas can still be at the top for three or four more years. I don't see any need (for De Gea)."

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