The Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar has completed a permanent move to Benfica ahead of the 2014/15 season, reports the Daily Mail. The high-earning Cesar had become out of favour at Loftus Road, with England’s Rob Green earning a starting position between the posts for the Hoops.
The switch comes after an up and down summer for the shot-stopper, who represented his country at this year’s World Cup. Cesar seemed steady throughout the round-one matches, and he chipped in with a crucial penalty save to see the hosts progress into the quarter finals. However, he, like all of the current Brazil squad, will most be remembered for their suffering of a 7-1 demolition at the hands of Germany.
The player had not looked likely to gain a space in the QPR first team upon their return to the Premier League, despite an impressive loan spell at Toronto FC last season. Cesar was brought into the Rangers squad following their promotion to the Premier League in 2012, but failed to maintain regular playing time as they were swiftly relegated. This time, the responsibility will be given to Rob Green entirely, therefore prompting Cesar’s exit.
The 34 year old has put pen to paper in Portugal on a deal which will see him remain at Benfica for at least 2 seasons. When that contract is up, Cesar will be 36 and either ready to commit to Benfica for the rest of his career, or else list one last transfer on his much-travelled resume.