QPR round-up: ‘big clubs’ want Cesar, Redknapp issues stadium warning

Julio Cesar Brazil

Premier League football crucial to our long-term cause, says Rangers manager.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp hopes that goalkeeper Julio Cesar will finally be able to leave the club in January, after revealing interest from a number of clubs.

Cesar has not played for Rangers so far this season, and the Brazil No.1 is widely expected to leave when the transfer window opens, with Sunderland keen on his signature.

Redknapp said that a number of clubs have shown interest in the 34-year-old. “I’ve had a Premier League club in on him,” Redknapp said in his pre-match press conference on Friday. “I’ve also had several from abroad – big clubs as well. I’ve had a few clubs interested in him, which is not surprising to me, because if he was at a big club he’d be right up there on your shopping list.

“We think there’s every chance he'll go overseas. He wants to play in the World Cup for Brazil and he needs to be playing.

“He’s a fantastic goalkeeper. For me he’s at the top level for any club in the world, so hopefully something will come up in January.”

Meanwhile, according to Get West London, new signing Yossi Benayoun will miss QPR’s trip to Blackpool in the Championship tomorrow as he aims to build up his match fitness. Redknapp said: “Yossi’s not going to play this week, but train all weekend instead.”

QPR yesterday revealed plans for a new 40,000-seater stadium in Old Oak Common, which will replace their current Loftus Road ground is will provisionally be called ‘NewQueensPark’.

Redknapp is cautious, however, warning that Premier League football is vital if the club are to fill such a ground. He said: “If you haven't got Premier League football, it's very difficult to fill a massive stadium – you don't need it. You've got to be in the Premier League really to have a stadium that can hold 40,000.

“The long-term future of the club is going to be fantastic. If [the stadium] happens it will be great for QPR. It shows the ambition of the owner and the board.”

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