Veteran defender Pepe lifts the Champions League on Saturday night for the third time
Real Madrid stalwart Pepe has confirmed he is leaving the club after 10 years – but not before aiming a parting shot at manager Zinedine Zidane.
The veteran defender, 34, revealed he has offers from clubs in England while Paris Saint-Germain have been monitoring his situation for some time.
He told Spanish radio station Cope: ‘I don’t want to blame anyone. What Zidane has done with Real Madrid is spectacular, but there are things I don’t understand.
Maritimo (2002-04): 66 games, 3 goals
Porto (2004-07): 88 games, 8 goals
Real Madrid (2007-17): 334 games, 15 goals
Portugal (2007-): 82 games, 4 goals
MAJOR HONOURS: Primeira Liga x2, La Liga x 3, Copa del Rey x2, Champions League x3, Club World Cup x2, Euro 2016
‘I didn’t say goodbye to Zidane because Zidane and Real Madrid knew I was going before I did.’
Pepe has made 334 appearances since joining the club from Porto for £25.5million in 2007 but has fallen behind Raphael Varane and Nacho in the pecking order to partner club captain Sergio Ramos at the back.
‘It is clear that I will not continue at Real Madrid,’ he confirmed, with his contract set to expire this summer.
‘One stage is over and, from now on, another one will start.’
Premier League clubs will be alerted by Pepe’s comments after he added: ‘There are more offers, also from England.’
Pepe has developed a reputation for the theatrical in his 10 years at Real Madrid
Pepe won Euro 2016 with Portugal but was born and raised in Brazil before moving to Europe aged 18.
He formed a formidable defensive partnership with Ramos at the Bernabeu and leaves having won three La Ligas, three Champions Leagues, two Copa del Reys and two Club World Cups with the Spanish giants.
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