Pepe to join Besiktas

Kristen Gonzales
July 6, 2017

Portuguese worldwide defender Pepe on Wednesday arrived in Istanbul to join Turkish champions Besiktas from Real Madrid on a two-year deal.

The 34-year-old will earn €4.75 million per-season and has a €4000 per-point bonus for league games - in matches he plays.

Pepe landed in Istanbul in the early hours on Wednesday on a private jet and was given a rousing welcome by hundreds of Beşiktaş fans, who had waited overnight at the airport.

He then went through a full medical, the club said in a statement, with an official signing ceremony and press conference expected to follow in the next days.

Pepe was a rock at the heart of the defence for Real Madrid.

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Besiktas president Fikret Orman said that the Portugal worldwide would add leadership to the club's backline as they aim to retain the Super Lig crown they won last season.

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.

The experienced defender did not reveal which English clubs made him an offer but he was close to joining French giants PSG prior to signing for Besiktas.

Pepe won three Champions League crowns and three La Liga trophies in his decade-long stay at the Bernabeu where he joined from FC Porto in 2007.

Portugal global Pepe, 34, was a free agent after his contract at Real expired.

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