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Radamel Falcao wants to stay at United for "many years"

Radamel Falcao wants his loan deal to be made permanent.

Michael Regan

Radamel Falcao was unveiled to the press and public alongside Louis van Gaal and Daley Blind today, and already he's decided that he wants his loan deal at Old Trafford to be made permanent.

He opened his press conference by saying:

"I am very happy to be here, it is a big challenge for me. I always dreamed to be in a club like Manchester United."

Later, with a cheeky smile, he added:

"I hope to stay many years in Manchester United and make history in this club. When I was in Porto and Atlético Madrid I always dreamed of playing in a team like this. Now I want to stay here for many years."

Despite van Gaal emphasising the need for patience with United's new signing, Falcao insisted that it wouldn't take him long to get down to business -- despite his recent knee injury.

"Yes, I feel well. I started to play two months ago with Monaco, and I have improved a lot in the last months. I have scored goals and I am confident for my physical form and I am comfortable with my knee."

And finally, when asked how he thought he saw the team coming together, he replied:

"I would say that I see the club in a period of getting to know each other. However, it's a group of top quality players who are bright enough to assimilate any plans the manager has for us. As regards to where I play, fortunately that's a question the manager has to answer rather than myself."

Louis van Gaal seemed rather less concerned about how he'd fit his new signings in, repeatedly emphasising that he'd let 14 players go and signed only six. In his own words "there are eight positions vacant."

Van Gaal expressed his delight at Falcao's performances in training, saying "he had one chance, and it was in the goal."

The United boss was also particularly delighted with Falcao's impressive command of English, and held the Colombian's hand as he instigated a slightly cringeworthy embarrassing-granddad-esque round of applause at the end of the questioning. Let's just hope that hasn't put him off staying for many years ...