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Football: Brazil keeper Julio Cesar finalises Toronto loan

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Brazil's first choice goalkeeper Julio Cesar on Friday announced he had finalised a loan move to Major League Soccer side Toronto.

"I have signed a loan deal until the end of December," said the 34-year-old, who has not featured at all this season in England's second tier Championship with Queens Park Rangers.

The veteran revealed the move on his new club's website and will now look to get match-fit ahead of

his planned March 15 debut in Seattle.

"I have not just come here to be able to play in the World Cup but also to discover a league and win," said the former Inter Milan shot-stopper, who has won 77 Brazilian caps.

He added he already knew Toronto's New Zealand coach Ryan Nelsen, a QPR teammate last season.

Julio Cesar said he had discussed his move with Brazil's technical coordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira, who indicated the MLS was "very competitive" even if not a top championship.

Asked to comment on eight months out of action, save for an FA Cup tie, Julio Cesar said: "It's all in the past and I have to forget about it.

Throughout his exile under QPR coach Harry Redknapp, Julio Cesar retained the confidence of Brazil handler Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has called him up for a March friendly in South Africa.

World Cup hosts Brazil will unveil their final squad on May 7.

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