Portugese defender Pepe has joined Turkish champions Besiktas J.K on a free transfer move, after his contract with Real Madrid expired.
Pepe was released by the twelve time Champions League winners last month and it is believed that he has signed on a three year deal with Besiktas, because no details of his contract were given.
French giants Paris Saint Germain were also linked with a move for Pepe and reportedly were interested in bringing him to the club. It was reported that he also had a medical at PSG before signing with Besiktas.
Pepe has also claimed that he has received offers from numerous Premier League clubs as well. Besiktas posted pictures of the player wearing the club’s shirt and tweeted out a photo with a caption saying: “Together we shall be stronger”.
The former FC Porto defender was part of Portugal’s Confederations Cup squad, which was played over in Russia. He also managed to score a goal in his team’s controversial 2-1 win over Mexico for the third place play-off match in the tournament.
Pepe’s move to Besiktas marked the end of the central defender’s 10 year career at Real Madrid. Pepe who joined Real Madrid from Porto back in 2007, made a total of 337 appearances for the Spanish giants.
He will surely take a heap of experience with him to Istanbul and will help Besiktas grow into a much stronger club, having won the UEFA Champions League three times and the La Liga three times as well, winning the UEFA Champions League gives the defender a lot of much needed European experience.
During the last few months in his Real Madrid career he fell down the pecking order in Zinedine Zidane’s line up and failed to break into the team, with multiple injuries keeping him out of action as well.
Pepe was also part of Portugal’s Euro 2016 winning side and he started the final where he played full 120 minutes as Portugal defeated France 1-0 to win the trophy.
The terms of the contract is still undisclosed but it has been reported that the player will earn a total of €3.25 million per season.
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