Pepe has an extraordinary offer from China and his contract ends at the end of the season, in June 2017. The Portuguese full back will be 34 by then and he could sign his last huge contract in football. Although he’s been one of the most important players in the last seasons and a crucial part in the last Champions League trophy, it’s quite likely that Real Madrid supporters have to say goodbye to Pepe.
However, Los Blancos have the replacement already in their head and he’s inside the club. Jesús Vallejo signed last year from Zaragoza to Real Madrid, who gave him on loan to Eintracht Frankfurt. In Bundesliga, the defense is shining and he has become one of the best players in the competition. Actually, his coach, Niko Kovac, only has good words for him and the German team has already tried to extend his loan contract.
Spanish newspaper Marca published today that Real Madrid will bring back Jesús Vallejo if Pepe finally leaves. It will be a smooth decision so Varane becomes Sergio Ramos’ pair and Nacho and Jesús Vallejo will be two young replacement on the bench gaining experience.
Jesús Vallejo will turn 20 the next 5th of January and, despite his youth, he’s shining already in Germany. He has played 16 games, 14 in the starting eleven, and he’s helping his team in an amazing season. Eintracht are currently fourth in Bundesliga, occupying Champions League positions.
Los Blancos should be calm if Pepe finally decides to leave. The squad and the supporters already understand the possibility that the Portuguese says goodbye at the end of the current season. Luckily, Real Madrid signings policy secures the future in the defense line. Jesús Vallejo could be the perfect replacement and Zidane has already agreed with this possibility. Now, the decision is on Pepe.