Zidane Picks His ‘Chosen One’ As Madrid Prepare For Life Without Pepe
With that in mind, Zidane is preparing for life without Pepe and has pointed at Jesus Vellejo to replace the outgoing defensive stalwart.
He is ready to step up for Madrid’s first team action at such a young age according to head manager Zinedine Zidane.
Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac’s thoughts on Vallejo: “I have not seen such a player either as a footballer or as a coach. This guy is a scandal.”
In fact, the German club have even been in touch with Madrid in an attempt to extend the loan deal, but Zidane has a different plan.
Pepe is demanding a two year contract extension but the Spanish giants are not willing to match the offer as Manuel Pellegrini’s Hebei China Fortune are keen to swoop in with a €10 million per season offer for the Portugal man.
He currently bags €4.5 million a season and is said to be considering a huge wage rise offered by the Chinese club.