Real Madrid Stalwart Pepe Set For Besiktas Switch

Brandon Parsons
July 6, 2017

The 34-year-old played almost 350 games for Real Madrid after signing from Porto in 2007, winning three La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues. He has signed a two-year deal for on a free transfer since he was released by Los Blancos after his contract expired.

He takes a wealth of experience with him over to Istanbul having lifted La Liga and the Champions League three times each. He later said he had "lost control".

Pepe was a rock at the heart of the defence for Real Madrid. He has enjoyed success with his country Portugal as well as they finished third in the recently concluded Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

Joining Pepe at the signing ceremony on Wednesday, Beşiktaş Chairman Fikret Orman said Pepe had a significant career and had always been in their sights. However, the final agreement came one day later, when Pepe's tax issues with the Spanish state were removed.

While French internationals Mathieu Valbuena and Bafetimbi Gomis have signed for Fenerbahce and Galatasaray respectively, Pepe is arguably the biggest name to arrive in Istanbul so far this summer. Olympic Lyon's Mathieu Valbuena signed with Fenerbahçe, another title contender, which also signed with Malaga's Cameroonian goalkeeper Carlos Kameni.

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