New Crystal Palace signing Loic Remy is looking forward to teaming up with Eagles boss Alan Pardew again after completing his season-long loan move from Chelsea.
The French international hitman previously played under Pardew at Newcastle United back in the 2013/14 campaign on a similar deal to the one he has just signed at Selhurst Park, and it proved to be one of the most fruitful spells in his career as he rattled in 14 goals in 26 Premier League appearances during his time on Tyneside.
Now the pair are reunited in south London, the 29-year-old is hoping to get back into the thick of the action as soon as possible, after a frustrating season last term at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking on his move to Palace, he told eagles.cpfc.co.uk: “I spoke to the manager and he really wants us to be competitive and score goals. It was really important to know the manager and it was a good decision for me, and I’m very happy to be here.
“We had a good time together [at Newcastle] and I’m pleased to be back under him because I think he is a very good manager. He can give me a lot, and I hope to do the same for him and the team.
“It’s a really good opportunity for me. I was at Chelsea for two years and it was a bit complicated because I didn’t play that much, so it is very good to be here now and hopefully I’ll have some chances to play.
“After three years without playing much the main thing is to get back fit, and after that there will be no problem because I know what I can bring to the team.”
As well as Pardew, Remy is well-known to a few other members of the Eagles squad, and the striker is relishing the opportunity of linking up with fellow new recruit Christian Benteke once the international break is done and dusted.
“This is a new challenge me for and I’m looking forward to meeting the fans,” he said. “I’ve played against Palace a couple of times and the fans are very passionate.
“There are some players here that I’ve already played with such as Steve Mandanda at Marseille, Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle and Andros Townsend as well, so for me that’s going to be even better as I can adapt quicker.
“Benteke is a very good player and is very strong so I’m sure that we can play together. I think the choice to buy us two strikers is going to be a good one.”