QPR boss refuses to drop Green as Cesar remains in wilderness
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Harry Redknapp admits that Rob Green’s recent form for QPR makes it virtually impossible for the manager to reinstate Brazil’s Julio Cesar to the first team.
Cesar this week revealed his determination to win back his place in the side after his widely-expected move away from Loftus Road this summer failed to materialise.
Arsenal, Fiorentina, Napoli and Benfica were all interested in signing the 34-year-old, but Rangers never received a serious bid.
Meanwhile, Green has kept consecutive clean sheets as QPR have remained unbeaten in the league – and he is in line to keep his place for tomorrow’s visit of Birmingham City.
“Rob Green has been great, he’s in the team, there is nothing I can do,” said Redknapp. “I’m in a difficult situation.
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“I’m surprised no-one came in for him [Cesar]. He’s a world-class goalkeeper.
“But you look at our results, 1-0 at Bolton and 1-0 at Leeds, Rob Green has done nothing wrong to not play - Rob is in the team.”
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Cesar has been told by Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari that he will be going to next summer’s World Cup in his homeland. But Redknapp says that despite that assurance, there is no immediate answer to his lack of first-team domestic football.
“Julio moving would have been the ideal situation for him and for everybody, but now there is nowhere to go,” added Redknapp.
“Hopefully Rob will keep playing the way he is and I won’t have a problem.
“But I don’t know if Julio wants to sit on the bench either. His dream is to play in the World Cup in Brazil. The manager of Brazil thinks he is the number one man, and I don’t think that anything that happens at QPR is going to change that.
“He’s a great keeper and if I need him he’s here.”