Marca have recently reported that Pepe, who left the Spanish champions Real Madrid, for Turkish side Beşiktaş, rejected two new deals that would have seen him stay at the club.
The 34-year-old played nearly 350 games for the Spanish side after signing from Porto in 2007, winning three La Liga titles and three Champions Leagues.
Pepe left Real Madrid for, Beşiktaş, despite being offered two new contracts to stay with the Spanish giants.
Madrid did offer Pepe a one-year contract in the summer of 2016, which the player rejected, instead wanting a two-year deal. Although Madrid were unwilling to give into his demands, rejecting his two-year counter-offer due to his age.
Pepe was then offered another deal before entering the summer as a free agent which he failed to respond to. Enter, Besiktas who stepped up and footed the two-year contract that the Portuguese defender was demanding at Real Madrid.
Upon hindsight, the Spanish club will mourn the fact that they were unable to keep the services of Pepe, who was a vital member to the club that won a plethora of honours. Real won La Liga, again, as well as the Champions League, again, in what the Spanish call ‘La Decima’.
Pepe’s absence has been palpable this season, with Madrid showing a stark contrast to last season. They already sit 11 points behind rivals and leaders Barcelona, and on form basis, look increasingly likely to lose more ground. With their latest dismal showing in the Champions League against Tottenham Hotspur, Real Madrid could find themselves qualifying second from Group H.
Whereas, Pepe’s new club Beşiktaş are reaping the fruits of his arrival that will leave a sour taste in Madrid mouths, as they they have already qualified from Group G.