Why QPR should be ashamed of Cesar saga

Brazil goalkeeper remains stuck with a club who do not want him.

Harry Redknapp could not appear more desperate to sell Julio Cesar if he slapped a ‘for sale’ sign on the goalkeeper and stuck him in the window of the QPR club shop.

It is one of the more bizarre stories of the season: Brazil’s No1 goalkeeper who cannot get a game for a team playing in England’s second tier.

But it is no laughing matter for Cesar, who has not appeared for the Championship club this season. In fact, he has not featured for the west London side at all since a 2-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park back in April.

Ousted by Robert Green, Cesar is now a £90,000-a-week player sitting on the bench. It is little wonder that Redknapp and the QPR owners are desperate to get rid of him.

“We wouldn't stand in Julio's way and we aren't asking a fee for him,” said Redknapp this week, reminding us for the umpteenth time that Cesar is still there.

“He needs to play and he could play anywhere for any team. He's just been unlucky.

“Rob’s been fantastic and I can't take him out of the team. However, Julio’s a great guy, and he needs to play soon, so he can play in the World Cup.”

Perhaps the most bizarre aspect of the saga is the fact that Rangers continue to give the impression that they did nothing wrong – that Cesar is merely a victim of circumstance - so it is worth reiterating the background of Cesar’s ill-fated spell in Shepherd’s Bush.

QPR signed Green on June 21, 2012. Mark Hughes, manager at the time, said the former England No1 would be a ‘huge addition’. He made his debut against Swansea on August 18, a game which Rangers lost 5-0. Eleven days later, Rangers made their move for Cesar.

The Brazilian signed at the end of August, and immediately displaced Green from the starting line-up. Green was quickly forgotten: a victim of QPR’s relentless spending splurge, to the extent Hughes even told him he was free to leave the club the following January.

That was the way it stayed until QPR’s relegation last May, when it became immediately obvious that Cesar would have to be removed from the wage bill – except that those wages prevented any club from coming in to buy him.

Green has been reinstated, and to his credit has performed well this season. Cesar, a painful reminder of QPR’s extravagant past, became the elephant in the room, and an expensive one at that.

You can only wonder at how Cesar – and, for that matter, Green – must feel at their treatment by QPR, after a debacle which has done the west London club’s image no favours at all.

And you can only hope that the powers that be have learned a very painful lesson.

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