QPR set to hail Cesar


Soccer:Julio Cesar has expressed both surprise and delight about the prospect of joining QPR as he closes in on a shock transfer from Inter Milan.

Brazil goalkeeper Cesar looks set to leave the San Siro for Loftus Road, where he was yesterday to discuss terms ahead of Rangers’ 3-0 Capital One Cup second-round victory over Walsall.

The 32-year-old said: “I am a bit surprised, but I am delighted to have been given the opportunity by QPR to come to London, learn English and play in the Premier League.

Cesar has spent the last seven years at Inter, winning five Serie A titles and the Champions League, but he appeared certain to drop down the pecking order this season.

He added: “It all started during my summer vacation when Inter suggested that I reduce my salary. No player in my situation would have done that — I am not a hypocrite and I can talk openly about this. It became a tough situation for both parties.

“I then spoke to my representative and I thought this was a good choice. I’ll terminate my contract with Inter Milan and thank the president, Massimo Moratti, for the seven wonderful years we have had together.

“I’ll ask him to let me go on the pitch before the match between Inter and Roma so I can give a collective hug to all the fans. That would be a nice gesture, and I don’t think the president will deny me that.”

Cesar’s arrival at QPR would more than likely mean Rob Green losing his number one spot after just three games following his summer arrival from West Ham. Rangers boss Mark Hughes said last night: “I haven’t had a chance to really talk to him about it.

“Obviously, I was concerned with the preparation for the game, but I will sit down with Rob and go through it. It is a challenge for everybody. What we’re trying to do here is improve the quality of the group and that includes the goalkeeping position as well.

“I said I wanted to have two quality keepers this window if at all possible. Sometimes, when opportunities present themselves, you want to pursue them. When you get an opportunity to possibly bring a player of Julio Cesar’s quality, with his playing record and his mentality, then I think you have to pursue it.

“I think when we started the process we probably never thought there was an opportunity or chance he would be able to come here. If we are able to conclude it, we’ll be delighted.”

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