Joey Barton wary of Champions League incentive for Loic Remy

Newcastle United's French striker Loic Remy celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England, on May 3, 2014
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Joey Barton expects Loic Remy to stay at QPR, but admits that the Frenchman could be swayed if a Champions League club came in for him.

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton believes that only a club with Champions League football to offer can prise Loic Remy away from Loftus Road.

The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a switch away from QPR this summer and saw an £8m move to Liverpool collapse after failing a medical last month.

Rumours of a possible stay in West London increased when Remy started Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Hull City, and Barton says that he is "keen to stay" - providing a Champions League club do not come calling.

"For me, he is keen to stay," the 31-year-old is quoted as saying by The Mirror.

"If a Champions League club comes in for him, could anybody blame the lad for going? I don't think I would and I don't think any of the fans would.

"But that is the big if: If a Champions League club came in for him. There aren't many of them."

The 27-year-old's contract expires in 2017.

Will Remy stay at QPR this season?

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Harry Redknapp Manager of Queens Park Rangers ahead of the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Queens Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on May 12, 2014
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