Falcao hoping to raise Rayo expectations

18 September 2021 04:16:39 GMTPlus11
Radamel Falcao has joined Rayo Vallecano

Radamel Falcao says new club Rayo Vallecano should have ambitions to push up the La Liga table and not just be satisfied with staying up this season.

Falcao's new side are 9/1 to go down in La Liga this season and are 40/1 to finish in the top four.

I am very surprised by the quality of the squad. There are fantastic players

Radamel Falcao

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The 35-year-old signed for the Spanish club after terminating his contract at Galatasaray, where he scored 20 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions.

The experienced forward has also spent time at Chelsea, Manchester United, Monaco, Atletico Madrid, Porto and River Plate.

Prolific

Across his whole career, Falcao has made 521 appearances in all competitions, scoring 296 goals and the Colombian has also appeared 94 times for his country, finding the net 35 times to be his nation's top scorer.

His new side Rayo Vallecano came up through the play-offs last season from the second tier and have started this season with a win, a draw and two losses from their first four games.

Vallecano's win came as they beat Granada 4-0, before they racked up 22 shots in their draw with Levante last time out.

Debut pending

Falcao, who is expected to make his debut against Getafe this weekend, is fairly confident Rayo can enjoy a solid season in Spain.

He said: "I know the objectives the team has very well. We are prepared for them. I am very surprised by the quality of the squad. There are fantastic players. They all want to win.

"Once things start to roll, we are going to be able to dream of a little more than staying up."

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