Júlio Cesar reveals he could have joined Arsenal before QPR move
Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Júlio Cesar has revealed he could have ended up at London rivals Arsenal before his move to Loftus Road this summer.
The 33-year-old signed a four-year deal with Mark Hughes’ side in August after spending seven years in Italy with Inter Milan.
Cesar has not had to best start in the Premier League with QPR rooted to the bottom of the table, despite numerous top performances.
However, the Seleção stopper has now revealed he could have been enjoying life at the opposite end of the table with the Gunners.
He said: "I talked with Arsenal in the last transfer window, and they were really happy about me playing for them, but at the last minute I moved to QPR."
The goalkeeper explained that he was thinking about life after hanging up his gloves when rejecting Arsenal for a move to the R’s.
Cesar added: "I accepted this proposal because I wanted to live in London.
"I have an amazing way of life here and I’m giving my family a great opportunity to grow up culturally.
"QPR has a project, and I dream about that project coming true. But I came here because I was thinking about my future once I quit football, that’s true.
"The fact that I can speak Portuguese, Italian and now English will give me opportunities in the future to be a director once I quit football. Even at QPR I could work as a director."