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Baup: QPR move good for Remy

Ian Holyman, France Correspondent

Marseille coach Elie Baup believes Loic Remy's move to Queens Park Rangers will kickstart the French international striker's faltering career.

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Remy, 26, completed a €10.5 million switch to the Premier League strugglers earlier this week, ending a testing eight months which started with a thigh injury that ruled him out of Euro 2012. Having slipped down the pecking order behind fellow forwards Andre-Pierre Gignac and Jordan Ayew, and beset by niggling injuries, Remy was reduced to a bit-part role at the Stade Velodrome this season, and Baup told radio station RMC a move was in everyone's interest.

"The year has been difficult for him," he said. "We all understood his decision to leave. We hope he'll get back to international level. He's a quality player. Perhaps he'll manage to do that in the English league.

"He's a nice guy, who needs to feel good about himself physically. His injuries have undermined his confidence. Loic is a sprinter, he's very quick. He mustn't have any question marks over his fitness."

A single league goal in the current campaign would have done little to boost the self-belief of a man, who - when he emerged as a youngster at Lyon - was hailed 'the new Thierry Henry'. Though he found his route to the first team at Stade de Gerland barred by Karim Benzema among others, Remy came good on his potential at unfashionable Nice before a summer 2010 move to Marseille where he scored almost a goal every other league game in his first two campaigns.

"The fact he's changing context is certainly going to help him get his confidence back more quickly. Everyone agreed he should leave," Baup said, insisting the €5 million loss they made on Remy still represented good business. "The club pulled off a quality transfer."

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