QPR manager Harry Redknapp will publicly declare his support for Robert Green to remain his number one goalkeeper for the forthcoming season by picking him in the match against Brighton tonight, despite the presence of Brazilian international Julio Cesar among his squad.
Despite a wealth of international and domestic experience that has seen him widely regarded as one of the world's leading goalkeepers in the last few years, Cesar has been unable to break into the Championship side's first team, with Robert Green Redknapp's preferred choice and youngster Brian Murphy occupying the bench.
It was only three seasons ago that Cesar was collecting the treble with Inter Milan, and his fall from international stardom to a Championship side's third choice has been rapid. And, after a tumultuous summer that saw him unable to secure a move away from QPR this summer as no offers were made for his services, Redknapp has admitted that he is still at a loss with what to do over the keeper's future.
"It's a difficult situation with Julio and I'm surprised no one came in for him," Redknapp told reporters. "He's a world class keeper."
"Murphy's also a good goalkeeper. And besides I don't know whether Julio wants to sit on the bench."
"His dream is to play in the World Cup in Brazil and I don't think this will affect his situation."
Indeed, despite Cesar's lack of games and his presence in England's second-tier league, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has already confirmed that Cesar will definitely be in his squad for the World Cup; a situation that would probably ease any embarrassment the Brazilian keeper feels in finding himself behind Brian Murphy for the forthcoming season.
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