Newcastle United loan star Loic Remy says he will not make a decision on his long-term future until the summer.
As revealed in the Journal last month, United are planning to make a January move to broker a permanent transfer for the QPR forward - who has hit six goals in seven games and added to his tally with a late strike against Chelsea.
Remy was once again fulsome in his praise for the club and said that a half-time pep talk from boss Alan Pardew had played a major role in his second half resurgence after a quiet first 45 minutes.
United believe they are in pole position to secure the striker’s services but he has suggested that outside forces may yet play a part in his decision. And he is categorical about wanting to wait until July before making a permanent decision.
He said: “For the moment, things are very good. To be honest, I feel very good here, but now I am only on loan and this is a question that we have to speak about with the owner and everybody in July, I think.
“It is a loan and so many things depend on QPR, it depends on Newcastle, it depends on me. There are so many things. I will not think about it until the summer and so I am just going to try and score goals and get us up the league and then we will see what happens.
“It is a good thing that the fans react well to me. Even after last January when I went to QPR instead of here. They have stayed behind me, so that is why each game I try to do more and more for the team, to say thank you to them. I am happy here. It’s important that I have a good relationship with them.”
Remy suggested his fabulous goal record, which was supplemented by a last-minute strike against Chelsea, is down to confidence.
He said: “When I was at QPR, I was only there for six months and I scored six goals. It’s just a question of confidence. I’m confident at the moment. Everybody talks to me, even the gaffer at half-time of this game, he spoke to me and said ‘come on, you can do better.
“I know your level, you need to up your level a little bit’ and that’s what I did.”
Remy also thanked the supporters for their reaction, which remained supportive despite back-to-back defeats - including a derby loss to Sunderland last weekend.
He said: “I just want to say thank you very much for everything. We knew after Sunderland and Manchester City that the fans were very disappointed but it is magic being at this club because even three days after you lose a big game like those the atmosphere remains loud. So I say to the fans thank you for everything.”
The Sunderland loss - allied to off-the-field problems - has destabilised the club but Newcastle believe the Stadium of Light reversal was not typical of the ability of the team. Remy echoed his manager’s call for perspective.
“I understand. This is typical of the Premier League,” he said.
“In France, if you have Paris Saint Germain against the bottom club they would have a 90 per cent chance of winning. In England, it is different. When I arrived, I was very surprised, because the team at the bottom can beat the big team. That is how alive this league is. You just never know.
“Before I came here I heard about the fans, the atmosphere and what it means for the club, but I didn’t really understand until I felt it on the pitch. When you get a big win like this … wow. I play football to have these kinds of moments. It is very good.”