Real Madrid star Pepe has extended his contract with the club, according to reports published in Mirror.
It is also understood that the Portuguese international rejected lucrative offers from Premier League clubs and has committed his future at Madrid. Chelsea and Manchester City both were interested to land the 33 year old as Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola both wanted him this summer. Manchester City were even speculated to make a bid this January window for the Portuguese, but the centre back has turned down the interests from England to continue at the white half of Madrid.
Well known for being something of a hot tempered player, the 33-year-old has been an integral part of the Real Madrid defense for many years and formed a strong partnership with Sergio Ramos at the heart of the Los Blancos defense. He definitely has immense defensive qualities and Real have offered a 2 year contract extension deal which is soon to be announced.
As the Spanish giants are also banned from signing any players until January 2018, it is expected that Los Blancos will be looking to retain most of their current squad. Pepe joined Real Madrid in 2007 from Portuguese outfit Porto and has spent 9 successful years so far, winning two Champions League trophies and 2 La liga titles.
Pepe also added another flock to his feather as he won the EURO this year with Portugal, now the new deal will round off an outstanding year for the veteran as he approaches his 34th birthday next February.
The Brazil born defender has so far made 328 appearances for Real, but so far his chances this season has just been 8 due to injury. He is currently out with an injury and didn’t travel to Lisbon last night, where Real Madrid won against Sporting CP 2-1 to book their berth in the last 16 of the Champions League.
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