Pepe’s Real Madrid exit confirmed; Besiktas move complete

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Pepe was an ever-present, and ever-antagonistic, servant to Real Madrid for an entire, trophy-filled decade (eight major trophies lifted), but the Portuguese defender’s stay at the Santiago Bernabeu is complete.

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The 34-year-old has joined Turkish side Besiktas on a free transfer following the expiration of his Madrid contract last week.

Having made nearly 350 appearances for Los Blancos, it was announced following Madrid’s UEFA Champions League triumph, Pepe’s third such victory at the club, that his contract wouldn’t be renewed.

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Pepe reportedly underwent a medical at Paris Saint-Germain before opting to join the reigning Turkish champions instead.