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Cesar delighted by QPR opportunity

Julio Cesar completed his move from Inter Milan to Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday evening.

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Cesar, who has signed a four-year contract at Loftus Road, will join subject to gaining a work permit and receiving international clearance.

And QPR appear to be on the verge of signing Esteban Granero, with the midfielder left out of Real Madrid's squad for the Super Cup match against Barcelona after having held talks with the Loftus Road club earlier on Wednesday.

QPR boss Mark Hughes told the club's official website about Cesar: "It's fantastic that we've been able to attract a keeper of such outstanding ability to the club. When the opportunity to sign a player of his quality presents itself, you have to act quickly and we've managed to get the deal done.

"It was always my intention to bring two goalkeepers to the club this summer and now we've got fantastic competition in that department. He's an outstanding individual, as well as being an outstanding player. Not only will we benefit from his ability, but we'll also benefit from his experience and winning mentality."

The Brazilian keeper added: "I'm so happy and excited to be here. 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.

"The English Premier League is the best division in the world. Everyone wants to play here and I am no different. Now I just want to give my all to the club and show the fans what I am capable of. This is a really exciting move for me and I can't wait to get going."

Granero played 24 times for Real last season and has attracted the interest of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. It seems, however, that free-spending QPR may have pipped them to his signature.

Should the move be completed, it may not be the only business QPR do with the Spanish champions as they retain an interest in experienced defender Ricaardo Carvalho. Real manager Jose Mourinho has stated that the Portuguese defender would have to look elsewhere if he wants first-team football.


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