Falcao denies rumours, Simeone hails Beckham
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Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has insisted he has not signed a contract with Monaco.

Reports emerged last week that a deal had already been agreed between the newly-promoted French club and Los Rojiblancos to the tune of €60m, but, speaking at a press conference the day before the Copa del Rey final between Atletico and Real Madrid, the Colombian denied signing any deal.

"I know nothing, in these last few weeks of the season the only thing I am focusing on is Atletico Madrid," he said. "If everything the media said was right, I would have already signed for half of Europe. They have said I am going to Manchester United, to Chelsea, to Real Madrid.

If everything the media said was right, I would have already signed for half of Europe.
Falcao

"I don't know what to think anymore. The only thing that is true is that I still have a contract with Atletico Madrid."

Gabi, Simeone hungry for glory
Tomorrow Atletico are hoping to finally beat Real for the first time in 14 years. Although Atletico have had an extraordinary season and are guaranteed to finish third in La Liga, it has been another disappointing year with respect to matches against their neighbours, losing both derbies in the Spanish top tier.

Atletico captain Gabi insisted that his side's record against Madrid would have no bearing on their chances tomorrow.

He said: "We are tired of hearing that we haven't beaten Madrid for so long. It's the same year after year. In reality, statistics mean nothing."

I admit that they are better than us, without a doubt, but in a one-off game everything is different, everything is possible.
Diego Simeone on Real Madrid

Atletico coach Diego Simeone said that winning the final was his team's last challenge after a season in which they have exceeded all expectations.

"We have had a very good season and we have achieved our first objective, which was to get into the top three and qualify for the Champions League, but winning trophies is what matters most," he said.

The Argentinian acknowledged Real were a superior team to his own, but stressed his players would not be daunted at being the second favourite.

"I admit that they are better than us, without a doubt, but in a one-off game everything is different, everything is possible," he said. "I hope we can gave people hope that with hard work, humility, a team with our limitations can compete with Real Madrid and be successful."

Simeone also revealed the starting line-up he intends to play in the final, which would be almost identical to the team that lost 2-1 to Real on 27 April, except with Arda Turan starting ahead of Raul Garcia.

Simeone salutes 'extraordinary' Beckham
Finally, Simeone gave a dignified response to the news that David Beckham, who was involved in the incident which saw the former Manchester United player sent off during a second-round tie between England and Argentina in the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, is to retire from football.

He said: "He has been a great professional, an extraordinary player, and I wish him all the best. He will have success whatever he does because he is a very capable and intelligent guy."