There’s a few ways to look at how Loic Remy turned down Newcastle in January and joined bottom of the league QPR, but one way to look at it is that it’s good he didn’t come to Newcastle – because he showed his hand and he wasn’t committed enough to become a Newcastle player. Money seems to mean more to him.
Loic Remy - while still at Marseilles
There’s been some nonsense written about the transfer since it happened just after we had been beaten by Reading at home, and one is that QPR owner Tony Fernandes said they offered Remy the same wages he was offered at Newcastle.
But the overall consensus is that the London club offered him stupidly high wages – around £80K/week – which is all they can do to attract top players to the small London club, who will be lucky to survive in the Premier League this season, although they did beat Southampton 2-1 at St. Mary’s on Saturday and Remy scored his second goal for QPR.
This is what Loic Remy told the press over the weekend to beINSPORT TV:
“It surprised many people”, he conceded, talking to about his choice of QPR.” “It is still London, with very good conditions.” “The level of wages too, that was interesting.”
“This may be a hindrance to my international career, but I do not see things like that.” “I will make every effort to maintain the club’s status this season.”
Loic has already been criticized by some of the the top French coaches for moving to QPR, after he played for Lyon, Lens, Nice and Marseilles in France, and they have said it will hurt his chances of making the French squad – and that’s why he makes that reference to his International career.
But it’s a free country and if he wants to join QPR for more money then so be it – but he did manage to put in a release clause in his contract, so that if QPR are relegated he will be released for a reasonable transfer fee.
We wonder how many players turning out for QPR these days, have that kind of release clause in their contract?
And don’t expect Newcastle to be interested in signing him if QPR are relegated – once a player turns down Newcastle that’s it – and so it should be.
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