Hughes: Julio Cesar is as good as Schmeichel and Southall

Mark Hughes says QPR’s Julio Cesar is among the best goalkeepers he has ever seen.

The Rangers boss, a former Manchester United colleague of Peter Schmeichel and international team-mate of Everton legend Neville Southall, believes Cesar is as good as them both in their prime.

“Over the years I had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Schmeichel and Southall, and he’s right up there,” Hughes said.

“It’s not only his ability as a keeper. His mentality in the dressing room is huge for us and that’s a benefit we’ll tap into.

“He understands what it takes and he drives people around him. He inspires people with his manner and his presence.

“He’s on a par with the top keepers in the world in my view.”

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