Pepe makes return to Portuguese football with Porto

FC Porto have confirmed the signing of former Real Madrid defender Pepe on a two-and-a-half year deal following his exit from Besiktas.

The central defender has agreed a contract until the summer of 2021 with the Portuguese champions, who are currently in the last 16 of the Champions League.

The 35-year-old won two league titles with Porto in a stint between 2004 and 2007, before subsequently joining Madrid, where he won two La Liga crowns and three Champions League titles.

The veteran defender made 52 appearances for Turkish giants Besiktas after joining on a free transfer from Madrid in the summer of 2017 but left his contract six months early.

Pepe impressed for his nation at this summer’s World Cup and is said to have rejected offers from Asia, Brazilian side Corinthians and the English Premier League.

Porto are currently on an 18-game winning streak – one match away from a new Portuguese record and 10 shy of a European record.

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