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New Toronto signing Julio Cesar is a winner - Nelsen

Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen was over the moon to announce the signing of Julio Cesar on Friday.

The Brazilian goalkeeper has joined the MLS club on loan from English Championship outfit QPR as he looks to play consistently ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

Nelsen, who played alongside Cesar at Loftus Road, was excited about the new addition who counts Flamengo and Inter Milan as his past clubs and has represented Brazil on 77 occasions.

"I keep in contact with a lot of ex-players," Nelsen said.

"As soon as I got a sniff of that (chance to sign Cesar), it didn't take long to register how important it would be for Julio to be amongst our guys. His reputation on the field is second to none, but off the field he's a leader, a winner."

Toronto general manager Tim Bezbatchenko spoke very proudly of the impending arrival of the experienced gloveman.

"Julio could have gone to a lot of places to get games for the World Cup and to get fit and ready to go, but he chose Toronto and Major League Soccer," Bezbatchenko said.

"That's a testament to what this league has done and what this club has done in terms of leadership in the last six months."

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