Alan Pardew has described as “wholly untrue” Loic Remy’s suggestion that the pair agreed the French striker would be rested from Newcastle United’s last match of the season, at Liverpool, because there was “nothing riding on that game”, insisting that the on-loan star was not fit enough to play.
Remy missed the 2-1 defeat at Anfield. He has been reported over the last 24 hours as having said: “Alan Pardew understood my point of view.
“We were playing without any specific objective. I didn’t want to take the risk of getting injured again.”
Remy missed Euro 2012 through injury. But Pardew has hit back at the claims, stressing all concerned at the club were “desperate” to get a positive result on Merseyside, but that Remy was unavailable for selection due to an injury sustained against Cardiff City eight days earlier.
“Any suggestion that I colluded and agreed with our loan striker, Loic Remy, that he did not have to play in this game are wholly untrue,” said Pardew.
“To suggest that I considered there to be nothing riding on that game is also completely false.
“Our final league position was at stake, as was the race for the Premier League title for our opponents, Liverpool.
“What is more, each and every one of us associated with the club was desperate to get a result for our supporters, especially those 2800 travelling fans who made the journey to Anfield that day.
“The reality was that Loic had sustained an ankle injury in our game against Cardiff the previous week.
“The results of an MRI scan conducted after that fixture revealed ligament damage and swelling around the joint.
“It was a result of this injury, and the fact that Loic was unable therefore to complete any training session during the week leading up to the Liverpool game, that meant he was not fit for selection.
“Had Loic been fit then clearly, without question, he would have been selected to play in what was a crucial game, like every other.” As such, a permanent move for Remy – now understood to be topping Mauricio Pochettino’s transfer-target list at Tottenham Hotspur – looks less likely than ever.
But while sources indicate Chelsea’s reported interest in Remy Cabella re-focused attention during Newcastle officials’ recent French trip on Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier, the Montpellier play-maker insists he remains keen on a move to the Premier League. He said: “For me, England and Germany are the top two leagues in the world. Newcastle were interested last January and there was a bit of contact, but it’s always difficult to move midway through a season.
“We’ll see what happens. There are lots of good clubs in England. If the chance comes along one day to play there, why not?”
Meanwhile, Steven Taylor’s agent Jonathan Hope insists he has received no contact from reported suitors QPR and Crystal Palace.