Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar has hinted at a move to Arsenal this month, by revealing he is unlikely to leave London this season.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp recently confirmed the 33-year-old, who joined the Hoops from Inter Milan last summer, would leave Loftus Road during this transfer window, as the relegated west London side look to ease their wage bill ahead of a return to Championship football.
The Gunners, who are in the market for an experienced stopper, have been heavily linked with Cesar but were understood to be facing some tough competition Roma, AC Milan and Fiorentina, who are trying to take the Brazil international back to Italy.
However, Cesar has now stated he and his family are keen to remain in London and continue his career with a top flight outfit, in order to boost his chances of making it to Luiz Felipe Scolari's 23-man squad for the World Cup next year.
"Now I have to do things right at my club so I can be considered for the World Cup. Did my son say he wants to stay in London? Yes, me too. I love the city and I'm enjoying living there," Goal.com quoted Cesar after Brazil's 3-0 Confederations Cup final victory over Spain.
The report claims Arsenal have already opened formal talks with Cesar's camp and QPR. Redknapp earlier pointed out there was no way the veteran goalkeeper would play Championship football next season.
"Julio Cesar will move on. He's a top class goalkeeper, Brazil's No. 1. He's been in great form for Brazil and I presume there's a big club out there for him. He won't play in the Championship, he's a goalkeeper for a big club," the Hoops' boss stressed.
Cesar was awarded the Golden Glove following the Seleção's title triumph. He conceded just three goals in the tournament and made a string of impressive saves, especially in the semi final against Uruguay and the decider against La Roja.
"I'm very happy for winning the Golden Glove. It's a great award and it's going to my collection," the stopper said.