Chelsea sign France striker Remy from QPR on long-term deal
AUG 31, 2014 11:58a ET
Striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from QPR on a four-year deal, the two clubs have announced.
Remy becomes a Blues player after they activated a release clause in the France international's contract.
Remy said on Chelsea's website: "I feel very happy and very proud.
"When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said 'let's go' straight away because they are one of the best clubs in the world.
"I remember the amazing atmosphere at Stamford Bridge when I played there for Marseille and I can't wait to play for the first time in front of my new fans."
It is understood Chelsea, triggering the release clause, are paying £10.5million for Remy, who had looked set to join Liverpool earlier this summer.
The proposed switch to Anfield broke down following a medical, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said of the 27-year-old on Saturday: ''The information we have from specialists in different areas is he doesn't have a problem to play football.''
He scored six goals in 14 games for Rangers that season, but was unable to prevent them from being relegated from the Barclays Premier League.
He made a swift return to the division in 2013/14, spending the campaign on loan at Newcastle and scoring 14 goals.
Remy then featured in QPR's first two games this term as they made their top-flight comeback, but was missing from the squad for Saturday's 1-0 home win over Sunderland as the completion of his move to Chelsea drew near.
He also sat out Rangers' Capital One Cup game earlier in the week, meaning he will be eligible for his new club in all competitions.
It was reported on Saturday evening that Arsenal had made an enquiry about Remy, but interest had been withdrawn by Sunday.
Meanwhile, AC Milan announced on Sunday that Torres' switch to the San Siro was complete, with him having signed a contract through to June 2016.