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Van Persie reveals title relief

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Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:22:00

Loic Remy is adamant it was not the wrong decision to join Queens Park Rangers as the club face up to the prospect of relegation from the Premier League.

The French striker has scored five goals in 10 appearances for QPR since his January move from Marseille, but it is unlikely to be enough keep the club in the top flight.

Defeat at Reading on Sunday afternoon would confirm QPR's relegation to the Championship and reports suggest such a scenario will prompt Remy's summer departure.

Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with ?8million moves for Remy and the 26-year-old does not believe there is anything to reproach him for whatever happens in the future.

"It was not the wrong decision to come here," Remy told the Sunday Telegraph. "I make a choice in my life and I never regret it. It's not the wrong choice.

"I'm sure that everyone on the pitch every week does give 100 per cent no matter what anyone else says. We don't have frauds, liars in the team, or anyone who wants the club to go down.

"And there will not be anything to reproach me for. I would not let that happen.

"If I stay or if I leave here I want people to say, 'When Loic Remy came to this club he gave his best. He was not sloppy, he tried his hardest, he did his best right to the end, the very end'.

"It is almost finished, of course. But we have four games left and we need to play with the same intensity, we must be professional and do that for the supporters."

Remy also reiterated that he did not join QPR for financial reasons and that the presence of Harry Redknapp, who previously wanted him at Tottenham Hotspur, was a key factor behind his decision.

He added: "I heard that people said I only came here for the money but, for me, it was a choice because I knew the coach for a long time, since he was at Tottenham.

"I chose this club because the coach wanted me, the chairman wanted me and he came to my house.

"There were two clubs interested - QPR and Newcastle - and when I saw the situation between the two, where they were in the table, it was a small difference."

The Dutchman had just an FA Cup winner's medal to his name when he moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal last summer but has scored 24 league goals this season to help fire Sir Alex Ferguson's men to a 20th crown.

And the 29-year-old, who also won the UEFA Cup with Feyenoord before coming to England, admits the season has been a dream come true.

He told The Sun Sunday: "I've waited a very long time for this. It's what every professional dreams might happen one day.

"That's why I sacrificed so much to come here. I chased a dream and I'm so happy the dream has now been fulfilled. I still can't believe it, it's just an incredible feeling.

"It is also a massive relief after all this time to be lucky enough to win a title in one of the hardest leagues in the world."

He added: "My move to Manchester United was all about timing. We met each other at exactly the right time. They were so eager to win the Premier League title back.

"And I was so eager to win the title for the first time."

At 29, Van Persie is in the prime of his career and he admits that he is eager to add to his trophy cabinet while he is still at his best.

"Quite simply, I now want to win as much as possible," he added.

"Now I've won one big prize I'm even more eager to win more, even more eager to win it all.

"Next season I have the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, Capital One Cup, Community Shield and, of course, the World Cup to focus on."

United have been linked with moves for a host of strikers this summer to supplement Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.

But Van Persie does not see that as a threat to his place and believes a bigger squad can help him achieve his ambitions with the club.

"The more quality players we bring the better," he said. "And even more fun.

"I trust (Ferguson's) judgement. The manager knows what is good for the team."

Van Persie's signing raised eyebrows in the summer as it has been rare for Ferguson to spend big on players in their late-20s but the Scot's assistant Mike Phelan has hailed his impact this season.

"Robin has been a great addition to Manchester United Football Club," he told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme.

"We knew what we were signing when we brought him to the club.

"He's come in with an expectation of achieving something and that's important when you come to Manchester United.

"You've got to want to win, you've got to want to develop even more than where you are at the moment and I think Robin has taken on another part of his game.

"He does study the game but so do other players and Robin has achieved something that he's tried to achieve for numerous years and we're pleased to have him with us."

He added: "We all know what his talent is and he's brought that to us.

"We knew he could score many goals, we knew he had the quality to entertain a crowd and there's no better crowd and no better stadium to do that in than Old Trafford.

"I think everybody has reacted to him within the club. The supporters have enjoyed his highs.

"He had a spell during the season when he was a little bit barren but he kept going and we kept playing him and his quality has shown through."

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