Without a club since the end of 2018, when he rescinded the contract with Besiktas, the defender Pepe can find a new house soon. In fact, not so new house. The Portuguese newspaper “Record” says that the Portuguese-Brazilian player is close to hitting his return to Porto, a club he defended between 2004 and 2007 and for which he won six titles, including the 2004 Club World Cup.
Pepe’s dismissal with Besiktas came due to financial problems of the Turkish club. The defender was speculated with Monaco, but the French team ended up announcing another defender, Brazilian Naldo, which played for Schalke.
In addition to Porto and Besiktas, Pepe has also defended Marítimo and Real Madrid, where he remained for ten years and won many important titles, like the UEFA Champions League. He is still part of the squad of the Portuguese national team and played the last World Cup for the country he chose to be his. He has already played 103 for the national team and was part of the victorious squad that conquered the 2016 Euro.
While working for the possible return of Pepe, Porto takes advantage of the isolated leadership in the Portuguese Championship. The team has five points of advantage over the second place, which is Sporting. And also prepares themselves for the next match of UEFA Champions League, for the round of 16, against Roma on the 12th of February in Italy.
If he really returns to his old club, both will win. Porto will have a very good defender, with lots of experience and history, and Pepe will go to a club that is always fighting for the national title and participating of the Champions League.