Remy eager to repay Newcastle for show of faith

The Frenchman, who made his Magpies debut on Saturday, has been rebailed until November after his recent arrest and wants to repay his new club for taking the gamble on his signing
Newcastle United striker Loic Remy is determined to convince his new club that they were right to bring him back to the Premier League following his arrest on suspicion of rape earlier this year.

Remy, along with his cousin and a friend, has been rebailed until November and strenuously denies all allegations.

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Regarding the decision to rebail, a Met Police spokesman told ITV News: "I can confirm today that three men who were arrested on the morning of Wednesday 15th May, aged 26, 23 and 22 on suspicion of rape have now been rebailed to appear on 21st November 2013."

The striker teed up Hatem Ben Arfa for a crucial late winner against Fulham at the weekend as he made his long-awaited Magpies debut.

The France international had previously turned down a move to Tyneside in January, opting instead to join QPR, but is thankful to his new employers for offering him a reprieve.

Speaking to The Chronicle, Remy said: “I am really happy and grateful to this club for the fact that even though I didn’t come here firstly – they came back for me.

“They have shown a lot of interest in me.

“I really need to repay them for that by going out there and doing my very best on the pitch. I need to repay them by doing well on this loan.

We’ll see what happens after that but for now I am focused on doing as well as I can for Newcastle.”

Meanwhile, Pardew heaped praise on Remy's opening display for the club, likening the 26-year-old's impact to that of former Magpies striker Demba Ba.

“I don’t think we’ve had that kind of threat, if I’m honest, since Demba left," the manager told reporters.

“I think it was the first time I felt that from the bench.

“I honestly felt I had enough weapons. I haven’t had that since Demba left in January.”