Julio Cesar, on the brink of sealing a move from Inter Milan to Queens Park Rangers, has said he decided to leave the Italian club after refusing to accept a cut in salary.
The vastly experienced Brazilian goalkeeper revealed that the opportunity to move to Loftus Road came very quickly and spoke of his delight at starting a new chapter in his career after winning five Serie A titles and the Champions League with Inter.
He told Brazilian outlet SporTV News: “I am a bit surprised, but I am delighted to have been given the opportunity by QPR to come to London, learn English and play in the Premier League.
“It all started during my summer vacation when Inter suggested that I reduce my salary. No player in my situation would have done that – I am not a hypocrite and I can talk openly about this.
“It became a tough situation for both parties. I then spoke to my representative and I thought this was a good choice. I’ll terminate my contract with Inter Milan and thank the president Massimo Moratti for the seven wonderful years we have had together.
“I’ll ask him to let me go on the pitch before the match between Inter and Roma so I can give a collective hug to all the fans. That would be a nice gesture, and I don’t think the president will deny me that.”
QPR boss Mark Hughes said the chance to bring Cesar to the club was something he could not pass up, adding: “When you get an opportunity to possibly bring a player of Julio Cesar’s quality, with his playing record and his mentality then I think you have to pursue it.”