Real Madrid Defender Pepe Remains Quiet On Manchester City Speculation

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Real Madrid defender Pepe is refusing to be drawn into the speculation surrounding his future after Manchester City were linked with making a move for his signature, Sky Sports reports.

New City boss Manuel Pellegrini has previously worked with the Portuguese international during the pairs time at Real together and has been linked with a move for the defender as he looks to add more faces to his newly inherited squad.

Real supremo Florentino Perez claimed Pepe was not for sale in July, and Pellegrini would not be drawn when asked about the 30-year-old on City’s recent pre-season visit to Hong Kong.

City do have shortages at the back after allowing Kolo Toure’s contract to expire, paving the way for him to join Liverpool, whilst England international Joleon Lescott is entering the final year of his deal at Eastlands, making another defender a priority on Pellegrini’s wish list.

However, speaking from Los Angeles, where Pepe is with the Real Squad for their annual pre season tour, he gave nothing away when asked if a potential move to City was in the offing.

“I’m a professional. They left a lot of things at the end of last season but I have a contract to fulfil,” said Pepe, who played in both Real Madrid v Man City matches in last season’s Champions League.

“I’m talking to the president of Madrid and my representatives to see what will happen.

“I have a contract, I love the club and I have great affection for the people.”

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