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Remy: Money was not the reason

Published 18/01/2013 | 12:11

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Loic Remy denies his decision to join QPR over Newcastle was a financial one

Loic Remy denied he had snubbed Newcastle in favour of joining QPR because of the financial package offered by the Barclays Premier League's bottom club.

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The France striker looked set to join the Magpies after manager Alan Pardew made what he described as a "fantastic offer", only to instead move to Rangers who are reported to have offered him £80,000 per week. Newcastle great Alan Shearer expressed his surprise at Remy's decision and suggested that money was the motivating factor.

But the £8million capture from Marseille revealed the influence of QPR manager Harry Redknapp was key. And he said: "The finance doesn't come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well. I've seen that a lot of people are surprised I came to QPR and say that I came here for money, but my decision was no way based on financial reasons."

He added: "I could have stayed at Marseille because I had a good contract there. There are a number of reasons for why I had to leave Marseille for here.

"QPR were very open, they wanted me and it's great to be here.

"It's true that I hesitated between Newcastle and QPR. I went to meet the staff at Newcastle and there came a time to make a decision and I made that decision based on two factors.

"Firstly I already knew the coach Harry Redknapp and secondly, I'm very excited by the project QPR have here for the future.

"It's a big challenge and the team are in a difficult situation, but since Harry Redknapp has been here things have changed a great deal."

Redknapp monitored Remy when he was Tottenham manager and went to Marseille to meet him, only to be put off by the £20million price tag being quoted at the time.

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