One of Chelsea fans' worries in this transfer season regarding Radamel Falcao's arrival was the possibility of having El Tigre dislodging striker Loïc Rémy from his spot as a back-up, even though Didier Drogba was preferred over Rémy by José Mourinho on multiple occasions last season. But according to the Special One himself, the French international is not leaving the club.
No chance [of Rémy leaving]. It is open competition between the three [strikers]. That's our objective, that's why we want three strikers ready and important. Last season Rémy was basically the third forward, but he scored so many important goals for us in crucial moments that gave us crucial points.
It is good to know that Mourinho wants to keep an open competition in the striker position, although said competition seemed unfair last season given Drogba's subpar performances -- even though the Chelsea legend scored some important goals as well. As for Loïc Rémy, he too wants to assure that he is staying with the Blues.
I am flattered that clubs were interested in me but I never wanted to leave this club because I feel really good. Yes, of course I want to play more but I'm sure I can play more here [at Chelsea]. [...] My mind is here and I don't want to leave at the minute.
Rémy also had some nice words for Radamel Falcao, who will be another player fighting for minutes at the striker position.
Falcao for me is one of the best strikers in this league so it's good for the club to have this kind of player. For me there is no problem -- it's just a good thing that he joined us. [...] At Manchester United he had trouble with injuries I think but before that he was a very good striker and scored a lot of goals so for me it's good. [...] You learn a lot training next to that kind of player.
At the start of the transfer window, some reports in the media claimed that Loïc Rémy would leave Chelsea because he wanted first-team minutes. And even though he is staying at the club, it seems that he still has the ambition of being the no. 1 striker for us.
Can I be first choice? Impossible is nothing. I know that Diego [Costa] is a really good striker and scored so many goals so at the minute Diego is ahead, the no. 1 choice I think. But for me I think in football, things change really quick so I never give up and you never know.
Source: The Guardian
On paper, a striker trio of Diego Costa, Loïc Rémy and (a fit) Radamel Falcao is one of the best in the world. Here is hoping they can translate that on the pitch.