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Cesar gracious about QPR

Julio Cesar is still grateful to QPR for signing him last summer even though they were relegated.

Cesar and a number of other expensive imports signed for QPR before the start of the season amid great fanfare, but Mark Hughes and then Harry Redknapp failed to get the team to gel and they were relegated to the npower Championship two weeks ago.

Given that Cesar won five Serie A titles and one Champions League, he could be forgiven for having bad memories of the west London club, but he has not forgotten they were the club who rescued him from a miserable end to his career at Inter Milan last summer.

"I had a wonderful year, individually speaking, regardless that the collective is not what I expected," Cesar told a press conference.

"I was caught by surprise and my career took a bad turn at Inter and QPR were the only club that came for me and helped me at that moment."

Cesar is part of the Brazil squad that will face England on Sunday in the first game since the Maracana re-opened its doors following a £300million revamp.

Cesar, who has been strongly linked with Arsenal, will want to impress any suitors watching on and he is also keen to establish himself as Luiz Felipe Scolari's number one ahead of next year's World Cup.

"If I am world champion (in 2014), I will be able to end my career with a flourish," he added.

Scolari is likely to deploy Neymar up front for the clash against in the Maracana alongside Fred, who should be fit despite a rib injury.

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