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Rob Green guaranteed QPR No 1 spot as Julio Cesar left out in the cold

Keeper given assurances over future before signing new two-year deal

Main man: Rob Green will continue between the sticks again for QPR this season

Rob Green admits he was ready to walk away from QPR this summer before he was given assurances over his future.

The former England keeper was axed just three games into his Loftus Road career following the big-money signing of Brazil international Julio Cesar from Inter Milan in 2012.

However, Green was reinstated between the sticks when Harry Redknapp replaced Mark Hughes at the helm and kept a club-record number of clean sheets as the Hoops won promotion back to the Premier League with a dramatic play-off final victory over Derby County in May.

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Out in the cold: World Cup star Julio Cesar faces an uncertain future

The 34-year-old was handed a new contract earlier this month but only put pen to paper after being guaranteed the No 1 shirt ahead of World Cup star Cesar, whose huge wages are pricing himself out of a move.

"I would never have signed otherwise," admitted the ex-Norwich City and West Ham man.

"I wouldn't have signed two years ago either if I knew I wasn't going to play. The year in the Premier League out of the team reinvigorated my desire to play football. It's something that I have done every day since I started and that reinstilled it.

Rock solid: Green kept a record number of clean sheets as QPR won promotion last season

"I feel I proved my worth last season. We conceded less than a goal a game and then just one in three in the play-offs and broke the club record for the number of clean sheets. Wherever I've been all I've really asked for is a chance."

Green was forced to watch from the bench as QPR got off to a nightmare start under Sparky before Redknapp answered chairman Tony Fernandes's SOS call.

The former Spurs chief was unable to prevent the club dropping down to the Championship but he has given Green the nod again for the forthcoming campaign following promotion last term.

"I spoke to the manager at Anfield at the end of the previous season where I had played the last eight or nine games," Green added. "He asked me what I wanted and told me 'you are going to be my keeper, I want you to play'.

"Nothing has changed since then. I've played football for a long time now and not playing is not something I want to do.

"Given everything stays the same - fitness and form - I want to be part of a team playing in the Premier League and striving for success."

 

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