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Aug 29, 2012

Julio Cesar signs with QPR, pending visa

Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar has agreed to a four-year deal with Queens Park Rangers, subject to him receiving international clearance and being granted a visa, the club confirmed Wednesday.

The 32-year-old has agreed a contract until the summer of 2016, ending his seven-year stint with Inter Milan.

"I'm so happy and excited to be here," Cesar, who has won 64 caps for his country, told QPR's website.

"The ambition of this club was presented to me by the chairman and the coach and I couldn't have been more impressed.

"The desire to achieve things at this club is clear for everyone to see and I wanted to be part of that. I have come here to compete for the shirt and give my all."

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.

"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," he said Tuesday.

"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 more than likely means Rob Green will lose his No. 1 spot after just three games following his summer arrival from West Ham.

Rangers boss Mark Hughes said Tuesday that he hasn't had a chance to discuss the situation with Green.

"Obviously, I was concerned with the preparation for the game, but certainly 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."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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