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Game of FIFA, not cash, why Remy joined QPR

Loic Remy has denied that he signed for Queen's Park Rangers because they doubled his wages and said it was a more personal touch that helped sealed his signature.

The French striker looked set to join Newcastle after manager Alan Pardew made what he described as a "fantastic offer," only to instead move to Rangers who are reported to have offered him £80,000 per week.

However, Remy said that playing a game of 'FIFA 12' with QPR owner Tony Fernandes was a more important factor in his decision to join the Loftus Road club.

"It showed to me what a good person Tony is," said Remy.

"He showed his human side to me as an owner of the club."

Remy played as Bayern Munich in the game and beat Fernandes who picked Argentina as his team.

The £8million capture from Marseille revealed the influence of QPR manager Harry Redknapp was also key and that money played no part in his decision.

"The finance doesn't come into it at all because Newcastle offered me a very good contract as well. I've seen that a lot of people are surprised I came to QPR and say that I came here for money, but my decision was no way based on financial reasons."

"I could have stayed at Marseille because I had a good contract there. There are a number of reasons for why I had to leave Marseille for here.

"QPR were very open, they wanted me and it's great to be here.

"It's a big challenge and the team are in a difficult situation, but since Harry Redknapp has been here things have changed a great deal."