Remy: I want to be the next Thierry Henry

The QPR striker, who joined from Marseille earlier in January, reveals that he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his compatriot and record goalscorer for Arsenal
QPR new-boy Loic Remy has revealed that his greatest ambition is to emulate the success of Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

The former Marseille striker scored on his debut in a 1-1 draw with West Ham and aims to help the Londoners avoid relegation in the short term, with global recognition his long-term dream.


His hold-up play was patchy and he looked rough around the edges but took his goal superbly and his movement throughout suggested a promising future lies ahead for him at Loftus Road.
Goal! Adel Taarabt receives the ball out of defence and picks out a through-ball with the outside of his right boot to Remy, who runs in behind Tomkins from the right channel and finishes confidently with his right foot into the bottom-right corner.
Remy explained to The Sun: "My family are from Martinique, [Henry] is half [Martiniquais], that's where it must come from.

"The biggest compliment in 10 years would be: 'Remy had a career like Titi Henry'. He's played more than 50 matches flat out every season for 15 years, scored 51 goals for France, has an incredible record of trophies.

"For the time being, I'm very far away, but you can always dream of being a big name in French football."

Despite his dream to play like his hero, the forward admits that he might not have pushed himself to become a footballer.

"It's thanks to my neighbour that I became a professional," Remy recalled. "He used to watch my matches, he used to correct me, sometimes he'd have a go. It proved to be lucky for me. I was quite frustrated by the lack of a father.

"I had no one to pass the ball around with, no one to talk football with, who would have pushed me all the time to apply myself. I took charge of myself. That's life."

When the 26-year-old started at youth level with local club Lyon, the striker found it hard to keep up with Newcastle star Hatem Ben Arfa and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, despite being in the same age category.

"One day, we were playing a reserve team match and I wasn't with it. [Youth coach Robert Valette] screamed at me: 'You're not playing in your neighbourhood here'. Everyone heard him and that shook me up," the Frenchman continued.

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"He wanted me to understand that it wasn't a kickabout next to a block of flats — that football is serious.

"At that age I felt helpless, I let things happen. Luckily I became a totally different person. Now, after Karim and Hatem, I am the third player from the Lyon generation to become an international.

"The first time I trained with the France team in 2009-10 helped me understand what the highest level was really about. I was struck by the technical ability and the intensity. It was another dimension.

"I told myself: 'I'm never going to last'. When you're facing someone like Franck Ribery, in terms of speed and concentration, you have to hold on."