In January Alan Pardew had dinner with Loic Remy, when he told Loic how he would fit into the side, and how the side would play, and they shook hands at the end of that dinner, and Alan Pardew thought Newcastle had a top striker signed up.
Loic Remy – scoring first goal for Newcastle on Saturday
But at the last moment Loic decided to join QPR instead, who were then bottom of the league and finished bottom of the league.
But in an interview with the Mirror today Loic has said he regrets nothing about what happened in January:
“I regret nothing – I decided to join QPR in January, but it was my choice to join Newcastle after QPR went down.”
“I was happy to see Newcastle come back in for me, so now it is down to me to do my best for the club because they wanted to sign me twice.”
“The manager is very close to me. He speaks to me a lot when he feels I am not concentrating in training and I feel I can progress a lot working with him.”
“I am really enjoying it at Newcastle, but what happens next I don’t know. For the moment the question of staying beyond my loan period is not in my head – it is a good question, but we have time to decide.”
“Of course it has helped me very much, in terms of adaptation, that we have so many French players in the team.”
“I am learning to speak English, but I know a lot of these players because we are in the French national team together and we have a good feeling.”
Remy of course is still a QPR player so he can hardly come out and say something like “It was a huge mistake to sign for QPR in January, and now I plan to sign for Newcastle as soon as possible.”
But Remy has been great so far for Newcastle, scoring 5 goals in the last four appearances.
And it’s not clear whether he wants to sign permanently for Newcastle in January or in the summer, and he may want to wait until he sees whether a bigger club like Arsenal or Tottenham – as just two examples – will come in for him.
His fee is only £8M in total, so maybe even Chelsea would be interested in the player, as they were last January for Demba Ba, who cost only £7M
Of course it would be great if he would sign for Newcastle, but at this point that is not a certainty, and he could join a club who can offer him European Champions League football.
Certainly clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea have much greater ambition in football than Newcastle do these days – that’s hard to deny.
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