….And there he goes.
According to reports, Brazilian National Team goalkeeper Julio Cesar will return to Queens Park Rangers from Toronto FC following the upcoming World Cup.
Cesar was brought in as part of a star studded line up, which includes Jermain Defoe, Michael Bradley, and fellow Brazilian Gilberto, and was part of the new level of commitment shown by owner MLSE and their CEO Tim Leiwieke. The loan was scheduled to end in December, not July, but there is rumor of a handshake agreement between QPR and TFC bench boss Ryan Nelsen to allow Cesar back early if requested.
When Cesar was questioned about it, he replied through a translator “It depends on the World Cup. Queens Park Rangers wants me back in August. I don’t know what will happen.”
“I’m contracted in England for a few more years. I can’t really give you a clear answer as to what my fate is after the World Cup,” he added.
Julio Cesar has played well, but missed time due to an injury and the flu. Not all hope is lost for Toronto, as reserve keeper (and last season’s starter) Joe Bendik has filled in nicely, earning a 2-0 clean sheet in Cesar’s absence this past weekend versus the New York Red Bulls. Not only that, Cesar’s possible departure opens up the possibility for future moves, as his loan fee will come off TFC’s already strapped salary cap.
Regardless, Julio Cesar will depart for his national team prior to Toronto’s match versus Sporting Kansas City. This tilt will be another measuring stick and a test of depth, as Bradley has already joined the US National Team as part of the Road to Brazil series.
More on this story as it develops.
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