Loic Remy has asserted he wants to remain at Chelsea next season despite the club signing Colombian striker Radamel Falcao this summer, according to the London Evening Standard.
The Frenchman was thought to be unsettled at Stamford Bridge following the Colombian’s recent rival, but he has instead said Falcao’s presence in the team will only help him improve more.
The believe is that Remy will continue to be Chelsea’s third-choice striker next term too, just like last season when he was behind Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in the pecking order.
Westham, Crystal Palace and Besiktas have all been linked with Remy in recent times, with reports saying the Turkish club have been in talks with Chelsea over a move.
The ex-QPR striker also emerged as the Eagles’ number one striker target ahead of the likes of QPR’s Charlie Austin and Leicester’s Leonardo Ulloa.
Alan Pardew wants the France international to follow Yohan Cabaye – who recently joined from PSG this summer – to Selhurst Park. Now it appears Remy will be staying put.
Remy joined Chelsea last summer from QPR after reportedly failing a medical with Liverpool who said the 28-year old’s has health issues.
Although he spent majority of the season on the bench, he scored seven crucial goals and ended this season with Premier League and Capital One Cup medals.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho has also spoken of his intention of retaining Remy and that he still remains part of his plans. The player is now prepared to fight for his place in the team.
As per the above named source, Remy said: “I am flattered by other teams wanting me, but I have never wanted to leave this club because I feel really good here.”
Of course I want to play more and I am sure I can do that here. That’s my target. I will just try to make it happen, by working hard and showing the manager he can count on me. My mind is here and I don’t want to leave.
“I know there are a lot of games and I will have my chance. I have to be ready at a good time and not be injured.
“I was happy with what I did last season, but I want to do more. I want to play and score more. My focus is the same.”
Falcao himself had a rather turbulent season on loan at Manchester United last summer, scoring just four goals. Mourinho has however expressed confidence that he can help the former Atletico Madrid goal poacher rediscover his form.
This decision by Remy to stay will no doubt represent a huge boost for the Blues, as it is rather hard getting another available striker who will want to play second fiddle in the Chelsea team.
A club like Chelsea will be looking to sign a world-class striker. However, no world-class star would have been able to withstand what Remy has endured.
No player wants to be on the bench, and same applies to Remy. But the France international striker has remained a professional and always delivers needed. As per Squawka, Remy complete 7 of his 17 take ons last season in the Premier League.