QPR manager And Redknapp hopes that striker Loic Remy will stay with QPR for the coming season, although Harry’s a little bit worried that a top club could come in for him towards the end of the transfer window.
Loic Remy – in action last season for Newcastle
This is what Harry Redknapp has said about his French International striker today:
“You hope that doesn’t happen.” “But at the end of the day, if he’s got a buy-out clause there’s very little you can do about it I would imagine.¨ “That would be the worst scenario.¨
“I don’t think he would want to do that either to us. He’s a good lad, (and) he’s got a good relationship with the Chairman.¨ “With a week to go before the window closes, we all need to know where we’re going. I don’t think he would suddenly walk away the day before.¨
“I think he’s too decent a guy to do that.” “I sat down with him when he came back, but I didn’t have to persuade him, we sat down and he just said ‘look, I’m back, I want to play, I’m here’.”
“So unless something comes up Champions League or something massive for him, he would like to stay here and play.¨ “And he’s shown that attitude every day on the training ground, I couldn’t have asked for more from him.¨
“He’s been great, he’s worked hard, he’s done his running, he’s got himself fit, he’s a proper professional and that’s all you can ask.¨ “There have been several clubs that have rung up about him, in the Premier League, but I don’t think that they would be clubs that he would particularly want to leave QPR for.¨
“We hope Loic will stay, he’s a fantastic player and his attitude since he’s been back has just been absolutely first-class¨ “He’s trained great and we’re hoping that he’ll be here at the start of the season – but you never know.
“I’m not trying to sell him because we don’t want to sell him.¨ “For me really, he should be a £20m striker, in comparison to others that are getting sold for £12M (like Shane Long for example).¨
“To have lost him for the amount that we were going to, he would have been too cheap.¨ “And to have him back here is fantastic for us.¨ “I want to keep him, the chairman wants him to stay, and we hope that he does stay.¨
“When I looked at what he was going to go for to Liverpool, it was a fantastic buy for Liverpool at that money.¨ “So their loss is our gain I think.”
What Harry says was reflected in the way Loic conducted himself at Newcastle last season, and he was very professional until near the end of the season.
In March, April and early May he seemed to be protecting himself, and seemed a bit unwilling to play for Newcastle in case he got injured and couldn’t play in the World Cup for France, and although fit he wasn’t in the match-day squad for our final game of the season at Liverpool.
It looks to us that unless a club in the Champions League comes in for him, Loic will just stay at QPR, and we suppose he hopes some other club will come in for him in January or next summer.
But we think Newcastle could well have given up on Loic Remy – since he’s had so many chances to sign for us this summer.
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