Brazilian international goalkeeper Julio Cesar has joined MLS side Toronto FC on a season long loan deal from Championship side QPR.
The former Inter Milan goalkeeper has seen his opportunities at Loftus Road limited in recent months, with his last performance coming in a 4-0 defeat to Everton in the FA Cup.
But now with this loan move Cesar has a chance to get valuable first-team football before the World Cup in Brazil, in a bid to retain his starting spot at the South American showpiece this summer.
Toronto general manager, Tim Bezbatchenko shared his delight at securing the deal, stating: “Adding a player of Julio Cesar’s experience and ability only strengthens our club both in the short and long term.
“We are committed to creating a culture of winning at TFC, and there are few people in the world of soccer with a proven track record of consistently getting results that Julio has. We are very excited to bring him to Toronto FC.”
The 34-year-old goalkeeper joins American international Michael Bradley and England striker Jermain Defoe in Canada, as Toronto bid to become a leading franchise in the MLS this season.
Cesar's switch should be warmly received by Selecao coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has picked the stopper in his Brazil squad to face South Africa in a friendly on March 5th.
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