Pepe has reportedly agreed to stay with Real Madrid for the next two years, adding an addition year onto his current contract, which was set to expire June 2016.
According to AS, Real Madrid were keen to avoid another Sergio Ramos saga and quickly wrapped up a deal to keep the Portuguese international at the club until June 2017, when he will be 34 years old.
Pepe would’ve been free to negotiate with other clubs this coming January, but Los Blancos are not ready to allow their aggressive stalwart to leave the club on a free transfer and still want him to continue to mentor Raphael Varane.
Real Madrid did not want another Sami Khedira situation to happen again this season and with Sergio Ramos’ contract extension yet to be finalised, the club wanted to ensure that Pepe was available to pair with Varane and Nacho, should the Spanish international leave this summer.
Pepe is working hard to recover from and injury suffered during last week’s Audi Cup and is hoping to be back on the squad for Real Madrid’s La Liga season opener against Sporting Gijon on 23rd August.