On loan striker Loic Remy has thanked Newcastle United for standing by him during his recent court case but has admitted that he harbours ambitions to play for one of Europe’s top club, according to Sky
The Frenchman was recently in court after allegations of rape but these were officially dropped last month, and the player has revealed just how grateful he is to the club for their support throughout the process.
The striker, currently at Newcastle until the end of the season before returning to Queens Park Rangers, admits that the allegations hurt him and have impacted on his career as a result.
“How did I feel when I knew there would be no prosecution in February? I was moved for my mother, because I knew there would be nothing. My entourage suffered more about that situation,” he told France Football.
“The media killed me. There are no favours in that job, I know that. But all that made me stronger. Many players could not face that. I am not pretentious but I am very glad to have never given up.
“But I can’t only blame the press, they do their job, but I could hear things that didn’t please me, and wrong things too. The most important thing is my family never believed I could do such a thing. I am not that kind of man, people who really know me know that.
“That case cooled down a lot of clubs and I was lucky to come to Newcastle, a very great club that I thank.
“They supported me a lot in that case. Two days after the final decision coach Alan Pardew told me: ‘You have made a very good start to the season, but now I can feel you flying!”
Remy has enjoyed a fruitful season, with 13 league goals to his name already, and is now being linked with a host of clubs this summer – especially if Queens Park Rangers fail to achieve promotion back to the Premier League.
And he has admitted he is targeting a big move.
He added: “One day I will be part of a European top-five club or a very big club. I know what I can do,” he said.
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