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Remy revels in World Cup window
Loic Remy hopes to use the World Cup as "a shop window" after reaching a crossroads in his career.
The France striker spent the last Premier League campaign on loan at Newcastle Park following Queen's Park Rangers' relegation to the Championship, scoring 14 goals in 27 games and convincing the club to try to take up an option to buy him.
He is certainly determined to make an impression in Brazil. "You have a very small chance of being in it. You almost have more of a chance of winning the EuroMillions lottery. I hope it's the start of something big for me," Remy told L'Equipe.
"The World Cup is a shop window for me. Newcastle, to whom I was loaned by QPR, want to buy me. I don't know if I'm going to stay there. I'm at a crossroads, in a key year. It can either all take off or stagnate. Since the start of the year, apart from the injuries, it's been good. And when I feel good, I think I can do a lot of damage."
With Newcastle comfortably positioned in mid-table, Remy's season fizzled out with his focus increasingly on the World Cup. Haunted by missing out on Euro 2012 due to injury, Remy admitted he had attempted to steer clear of risks, even sitting out of the final Premier League game of the campaign.
"The coach, Alan Pardew, fully understood my point of view. We didn't have anything to play for," Remy said. "I didn't want to take the risk of getting injured again."What happened to me two years ago really hurt me. Physcially and mentally. The sky fell in. It was devastating. People can't imagine. Without a word of a lie, it was the hardest thing I have ever had to face.
"Suddenly, you have to forget the two years of effort you have put in, the qualifiers in which you have played."