Queens Park Rangers have announced the signing of Inter Milan goalkeeper Julio Cesar, pending international clearance. The Brazilian veteran, who has been capped 64 times by his country, has signed a four-year deal and will wear the No.33 shirt this season. He has represented Brazil at two World Cups, been awarded Serie A Goalkeeper of the Year twice and arrives at Loftus Road to compete for a starting place with England goalkeeper Robert Green. QPR only signed Green this summer but now his first choice status looks almost certain to be revoked. His new competition Julio Cesar, 32, was named the third best goalkeeper in the world in 2009 and also picked up a Ballon d'Or nomination. Rangers manager Mark Hughes was overjoyed as he spoke to the club's website:
"It's fantastic that we've been able to attract a keeper of such outstanding ability to the club," he said. "When the opportunity to sign a player of his quality presents itself, you have to act quickly and weve 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. "Not only will we benefit from his ability, but we'll also benefit from his experience and winning mentality."
Cesar won five Serie A titles and a Champions League trophy during his seven year spell at the San Siro but admitted his desire to play in England's top tier:
"The English Premier League is the best division in the world," he said. "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." "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 is expected to be available for the R's first match after the international break, at home to Chelsea on 15 September.
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