Manchester United have rubbished claims that Radamel Falcao, their new loan signing, lied about his age. Meanwhile the summer target they failed to land, Arturo Vidal, has declared himself fighting fit.
Rumours around the age of new Manchester United loan signing Radamel Falcao have surfaced, reports The Mail. The suggestions emanating from some quarters is that he lied about his age to make him eligible for the U20 World Cup in 2005. A document from the player’s school emerged in 2012 indicating the player was born in 1984, making him now 30 instead of 28.
This led the Manchester United striker’s family to release his birth certificate. Manchester United for their part have acknowledged they were aware of the rumours, but denied there is any truth in them having taken the date of birth given on his passport, 10 February 1986 as his real age.
The club did however look into the matter prior to signing Falcao and are satisfied they have gotten the truth. Clearly the age of the player would be a crucial issue in the valuation, as Manchester United may move to make the loan deal permenant at the end of the season.
Meanwhile Juventus’ Arturo Vidal, another South American superstar that was on United’s radar all summer has declared himself fully fit and is looking forward to the season
“You can relax, my knee is back to 100 per cent. Now I am ready for the flight to Turin and in this game I proved that I can play in every Juventus match this season. I feel in great shape. We have a series of big games coming up; Udinese, then the Champions League and after that Milan. They will all be tough, I will have to be 100 per cent, but tonight I proved that I can play a full match without problems.”
He made these comments after playing the full 90 minutes for Chile against Mexico on Saturday. The rumour circulating over the summer was that a move to Old Trafford fell through due to doubts surrounding the 27-year-old’s fitness.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.