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PSG move on the cards for Pepe

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Real Madrid defender Pepe is set to join Paris Saint-Germain after 10 fruitful years at the Bernabeu.

The 34-year-old Portuguese international, Pepe joined Real Madrid from Porto in 2007 in a reported £25m deal. He has been criticised again and again for going down easily under slightest of pressure and also for his strong approach. But he has won over the critics with time and now regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the world.

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With the Los Blancos, Pepe has won the Champions League twice, La Liga twice, UEFA Super Cup once, FIFA Club World Cup twice, Copa Del Rey twice and Spanish Super Cup twice. Apart from this he has recently won the UEFA EURO 2016 with Portugal.

But this season hasn’t gone according to the plan for Pepe. Injuries restricted him to only 13 league appearances this season with coach Zinedine Zidane finally started preferring Raphael Varane over him. Pepe’s contract at the Bernabeu is set to expire at the end of the season. Although Madrid are ready to hand him a fresh 1-year deal, Pepe wants a 2-year extension. Considering his age, Real Madrid ain’t too fascinated with the idea of handing Pepe a 2-year deal and he is finally set for a move away after 10 glorious years at the Bernabeu.

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Pepe has been linked to Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune from the last couple of months. Hebei China Fortune boss Manuel Pellegrini and Pepe knew each-other from their time together at the Bernabeu. The Chinese club are ready to hand Pepe a 3-year deal on course of which he will earn a staggering €45m. Juventus,AC Milan and Manchester United were also said to be keen to add Pepe to their roster.

But now, Spanish Radio Station Cadena SER reports that Pepe is set to ply his trade at Paris Saint-Germain after rejecting a move to China. Pepe believes he has still some genuine years left in him to play for a top European team. With PSG already have two world-class defenders in the likes of Thiago Silva and Marquinhos at the heart of the defence, Pepe’s addition will surely add more stability to their backline. So it’s basically a match made in heaven for both the parties if the deal goes through.

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With Real Madrid still on course to win both the La Liga and the Champions League, winning these two titles would be the perfect farewell for a Madrid legend like Pepe.