Loic Remy has said that he was not injured for the last game of the season at Liverpool on May 11th, when he was surprisingly not in the Newcastle squad, and we all thought he must have been injured, but he wasn’t, and he simply didn’t want to play in a game that he said meant nothing, and he didn’t want to risk getting injured and miss the World Cup.
Well – would you believe it? 🙁
Loic Remy – in action for Newcastle last season
This will not go down well at all with Newcastle fans, and nor should it, and even before that last game at Liverpool, Remy took his time coming back from the injury he sustained playing for France on Match 5th against the Netherlands, and he was out for much longer than first anticipated.
There were silent complaints from fans then that the Frenchman was simply protecting himself, and making sure he was going to be 100% fit for France for the World Cup in Brazil next month.
Loic has been interviewed today in the French daily L’Equipe, and this is some of what he had this to say:
“The coach Alan Pardew understood my point of view.” “We had nothing to play for and I didn’t want to risk getting hurt again.”
It will not do Loic Remy any good, and it will certainly not do Newcastle manager Alan Pardew any good, that Remy has revealed he simply didn’t want to play.
It seems that Remy is saying the Newcastle manager was a party to this, and this news could explode in the press today, and will hardly help Alan get the fans back on his side.
Newcastle paid a big loan fee for Remy to play for Newcastle last season, maybe as much as £2M, and to say there was nothing to play for is not accurate.
If we had won that game we would have been in 9th place and would have had close to another £2M in Premier League money, and if Manchester City had been beaten at home by West Ham (unlikely, but still possible), and Liverpool had won, then the Reds would have won their first Premier League title ever.
And in any case, Remy’s job was to play football for Newcastle United – not to protect himself to play for France.
Loic made it pretty clear in January he would not sign for Newcastle United, and it looks like he will either join Liverpool or Arsenal, but he’s made a big mistake with this revelation, and Newcastle fans will not be happy with this news.
And that’s an understatement.
What do you think?