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QPR boss explains Julio Cesar omission against Arsenal and gives update on keeper’s future

Julio Cesar, Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Julio Cesar, Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper. Photo: Nick Potts/PA

Monday, May 6, 2013
9:15 AM

Harry Redknapp admitted that he expects Julio Cesar to leave relegated QPR this summer after the Brazil shot-stopper was left out of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.

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Cesar has been one of few R’s players to impress in a disastrous campaign for the west Londoners and Redknapp believes the former Inter Milan star belongs in a top European league.

The Rangers boss claimed that Cesar had “a little bit of a back injury” for the Arsenal game but hinted that he has donned the R’s shirt for the last time.

“It’s a difficult situation because I want to play Rob Green,” explained Redknapp. “I don’t see Julio being here next year.”

Cesar has been linked with Arsenal and AC Milan in recent weeks and Redknapp expects to see him move to a top side.

“I think he is a player for a top Italian team, a top Spanish team or a top Premier League team,” he said. “I think he is good enough to play anywhere.

“Julio will look to move on. He’s in the Brazilian [national] team, he is not a player for the Championship.

“He has got a World Cup coming up. He is going to want to play in the Premier League or a big league abroad.”

Green has played second fiddle to Cesar throughout the campaign but was given the nod against Arsenal and Redknapp is ready to make him his number one next season.

“Rob’s come in and done great for me and I’m looking for Rob to play next season.”

Record £12.5million signing Christopher Samba was also absent against the Gunners but Redknapp remains keen on keeping him next season.

“He has had a knee injury so he has not been fit, which has been a problem,” he said.

“I would like to keep him because he would be the best centre-half in the Championship.

“He is a good player, he had one bad day at Fulham and everyone jumped on his case but he is a good player and we need him back playing.”

While some of QPR’s biggest earners are widely expected to leave Loftus Road this summer, Redknapp insists he is not worried by the prospect of taking a pay cut himself.

“I’m taking a big pay cut but the money is not why I’m still doing this job,” he said.

“I don’t have to go to work if I don’t want to. I do it because I want to enjoy it and I enjoy it here.

“I’ve got too much money to worry about it. It’s not going to change my life one way or the other now is it, at my age.

“If I didn’t have the hunger I wouldn’t come to work. I’d stay at home and go and play golf every day.

“When I’ve had enough that’s what I will do but at the moment I love it.

“I still love the buzz of winning and the ups and downs of it all.”

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