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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hoping to get best from on-loan Radamel Falcao

By Staff Reporter

Chelsea have completed the loan signing of Radamel Falcao with Blues boss Jose Mourinho hoping to bring out the real form of the Colombian after his mediocre year at Manchester United.

The 29-year-old scored just four times at Old Trafford as United manager Louis van Gaal opted against signing the Monaco man on a permanent basis.

Instead, Falcao will be plying his trade for champions Chelsea under the stewardship of Mourinho - who said earlier in the summer that he wanted to help the former Porto and Atletico Madrid striker reach his level again and that he was hurt that English fans thought the real Falcao was the out-of-sorts figure seen at Manchester United.

Having missed the 2014 World Cup with a serious knee injury, Falcao's career appeared to be back on the rise as he joined United as part of van Gaal's revolution, but he scored just four league goals in 26 appearances as United finished fourth. Meanwhile, Chelsea were winning the league and Capital One Cup double with their own new forward Diego Costa helping himself to 20 Premier League goals.

Now he will be teamed with Falcao - after the pair played together in Madrid - in what is a potentially potent strike-force, with the Columbia international already targeting silverware.

"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe," sid Falcao.

Falcao is now expected to link up with his new team-mates on a pre-season tour of the United States, with his return to Old Trafford pencilled in for December 28.

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