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Remy: I will join 'top five' European club

ESPN staff
March 11, 2014
Loic Remy has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for Newcastle this season © Getty Images

Loic Remy has suggested he is too good to be playing at Newcastle and predicts he will move to one of Europe's "top five" clubs.

Remy, 27, has endured well-publicised problems since moving to England last year, but has scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for Newcastle this season.

Arsenal have recently been linked with a summer move for the striker, who is on loan at St James' Park from Championship side Queens Park Rangers, while Alan Pardew admitted last month he is resigned to missing out on completing a permanent deal for Remy.

After admitting to France Football that past errors have so far cost him a more glorious career, Remy now believes he can fully exploit the potential that once - while at his first club, Lyon - had him billed as the new Thierry Henry.

"There are things that have held my career back. Of course it's a shame. Without being pretentious, I could perhaps play at a bigger club, a club in the top five in Europe," said Remy.

"Yes, I will be part of Europe's top five or I will be part of a very big club. I'm sure of what I can do. I can be a lot better. I still have quite an enormous amount of room for improvement."

Remy opted to sign for QPR rather than move immediately to Newcastle when Marseille surprised him by deciding to sell in January 2013.

When he left Loftus Road after QPR's relegation last season to finally move to the north-east, his arrival was met with scepticism from Newcastle fans, for whom Remy's rejection of them was still a raw wound.

"I was already quite well down the road to joining Newcastle before opting for QPR. So, last summer, when I joined Newcastle, I felt I owed them something. I had to earn their forgiveness," said Remy.

"I could have scored more. I never settle for what I have. I could have 15 or 16. I missed three games through suspension, two or three others at the start of the season with injury. I'm eternally ambitious. My objective is to score 17-18 goals this season in the Premier League. I'm in full form right now."

Remy is hoping his impressive displays will convince France boss Didier Deschamps to include him in the 23-strong party for next summer's World Cup, particularly after he missed out on Euro 2012 with a thigh injury.

"I have no choice, I have to go," added Remy, who picked up his 22nd cap when he came off the bench during France's 2-0 win against the Netherlands last week. "I don't have any guarantee. Places are hard to come by. Deschamps is fair. He does things transparently. I have to continue playing well, scoring. There is a place there to take. I will do everything to be there."

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