QPR to request Brazil star's return after the World Cup

Julio Cesar Brazil

Julio Cesar looks set to complete his loan deal with Toronto FC, as Queens Park Rangers request his return following the World Cup.

The Brazilian goalkeeper arrived at Toronto in February 2014, with QPR boss Harry Redknapp freezing the 34-year old out of the team following the R's relegation to the Championship.

The 'keeper has missed just one Major League Soccer game for Toronto so far, with Joe Bendik minding the net against the New York Red Bulls whilst Cesar was absent with the flu.

However, Bendik is set to claim the starting job for the next two months, with Cesar's inclusion in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil World Cup squad.

The Brazilian is set to join his international compatriots this midweek, following the departure of another Toronto international player, midfielder Michael Bradley has already joined up with Jurgen Klinsmann's US national team camp.

Although Toronto boss Ryan Nelsen intends to keep Cesar for the confirmed duration of his loan, which is not due to end until December, the former Blackburn and Spurs defender claimed that there is a 'gentleman's agreement' in place should the London club want him back immeduiately following the World Cup.

Quoted on MLSSoccer, the goalkeeper, who has won 78 caps for his country, as well as winning the 2013 Confederations Cup, explained the details of his current deal, confirming that he intends to honour his contract with QPR.

"I’m contracted to return (QPR) there in August after the World Cup. I can’t really give you a clear answer as to what my fate is after the World Cup. I’ve always been a professional person. Even if I win the World Cup, I’m going to keep to my word, return to my [parent] club and help them win championships,” said the Brazilian.

Cesar also shared the sentiments of his fellow countrymen, who know that hosting a World Cup is both an honour and a cause for concern, especially with the current political state in country.

“I’m very anxious. It’s getting close to the time to meet up with the team and start on this important journey. The whole country is obviously preoccupied [with protests and strikes] but we hope things get settled before the World Cup."

"Every World Cup is a big opportunity; they all have their own flavor. This one being in Brazil is even more special for me; it’s my country, my family is there and I just have God to thank for the opportunity to play in this World Cup.”

Despite the anxiousness that the 'keeper feels, he believes his temporary deal in Canada has been great preparation for the summer tournament.

“I’m surprised, coming here, with how well things are run here. Being in Canada, I feel very prepared for the World Cup."

If QPR do exercise their option to recall the Brazilian following the World Cup, an act more likely should they secure promotion to the Premier League in the Championship play-off final, Toronto would free up a percentage of their salary cap, making other potential moves possible.

However, Cesar's loan deal was not counted as an MLS Designated Player signing meaning that any potential newcomer will likely be of worse quality that the experienced Brazilian international.

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