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Julio Cesar joins Toronto.

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Canadian MLS side Toronto FC have signed Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar, the club have announced. 

The 34 year old veteran shot stopper has fell out of favour at Queens Park Rangers, and will be pleased that he will be able to play regular competative first team football ahead of the World Cup in the Summer. 

Cesar arrived at Loftus Road from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the summer of 2012, and was one of the better players during Rangers’ relegation campaign of the 2012/13 Premier League season. 

The keeper then was frozen out of the side for the whole of the first half of the season, with QPR boss Harry Redknapp opting to start former England international Robert Green, ahead of the Brazilian Cesar, as Rangers continued to press up the table to maintain a automatic promotion push. 

Cesar has played just once for Redknapp’s side this season, as his side lost 4-0 away at Everton in an F.A Cup tie at Goodison Park. 

However, the experienced shot stopper was keen to leave the club in January, with Italian sides Napoli and Cagliari chasing the keeper on a short term deal, he was also linked to a move back to his former club, Brazilian Serie A side Flamengo.

He will now look to have a sold few months of first team football, as he looks to add to his 77 International caps. 

Cesar has a rich pedigree in the game, winning five Serie A titles at Inter Milan, plus three Coppa Italia titles, the 2010 UEFA Champions League and the 2010 Club World Cup. 

The keeper will join Toronto until May, before he will join up with the Brazilian national team training camp. 

The Canadian side have overhauled their squad in recent weeks, with Ryan Nelsen capturing Tottenham striker Jermaine Defoe, American international Michael Bradley was signed from AS Roma for around $11 million, Cesar will also join fellow Brazilians Gilberto and Jackson at the Canadian club. 

By Ben Reardon 

@BenReardon1

 

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