Portuguese ace to commit future to Spanish giants.
Real Madrid defender Pepe is set to frustrate Premier League side Manchester City by putting pen-to-paper on a new deal to keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Sports Direct News.
The Portuguese international turned out to be one of new manager Manuel Pellegrini’s top targets upon his arrival at the Etihad Stadium this summer as he looked to swell the ranks of his newly acquired defence.
However, City weren’t successful in their attempts to land the 30-year-old as the Spanish giants rejected an £18m bid for the player, and they will now look to keep him at Los Blancos for the foreseeable future.
There could also be a blow for City’s rivals Manchester United too as reports in the newspaper AS reports that Carlo Ancelotti will hope to persuade left-back Fabio Coentrao to pen a new deal of his own.
Coentrao came close to making the move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day on loan, and though he is not a regular started in Spain he could be tempted to stay with a lucrative pay rise.
It now seems that both City and United will forced to look elsewhere to make additions to their respective defensive lines.