LONDON, Aug 31, (AFP): France international striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers on a four-year contract, the two Premier League clubs announced on Sunday. The announcement came a day after Chelsea reportedly triggered a £10.5 million ($17.4 million, 13.3 million euros) release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract, prompting him to withdraw from QPR’s squad to face Sunderland. “I feel very happy and very proud,” said Remy, who was pictured on the Chelsea website posing with a club shirt. “When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said ‘Let’s go’ straight away, because they are one of the best clubs in the world.”
Remy has been signed to replace Fernando Torres, who has joined AC Milan from Chelsea on a two-year loan deal, and to provide competition for fellow strikers Diego Costa and Didier Drogba. Arsenal were also reported to have made a late move for the former Lyon and Marseille forward, but it was Chelsea who secured his signature.
Meanwhile, chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed Diego Costa as the complete striker after his side’s 6-3 Premier League win over Everton but is concerned opponents will try to get the Spain international sent off. Brazil-born Costa scored twice in a thrilling match at Goodison Park to take his tally to four goals in three games, and maintained Chelsea’s winning start to the season. Mourinho bought Costa for £32 million ($53.1 million, 40.4 million euros) from Atletico Madrid during the close season to add more firepower to a Chelsea side that managed 71 goals last season.