Pepe signs for Besiktas on free transfer

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In addition to the 9.5 million euros, the Portuguese global will also earn 4,000 euros for every point earned by the Black Eagles, with him playing.

For years in the shadow of Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce and Galatsaray, the Black Eagles have won the Turkish Super Lig title for the last two seasons.

It was also during his time at Real that he won the Euro 2016 with Portugal.

While French internationals Mathieu Valbuena and Bafetimbi Gomis have signed for Fenerbahce and Galatasaray respectively, Pepe is arguably the biggest name to arrive in Istanbul so far this summer. Fikret Orman, the Beşiktaş chairman, was personally involved in the signing process, following efforts by the transfer committee president, Umut Güner.

Pepe, 34, was linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and had said he received offers from Premier League clubs.




Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann had urged the Reds to sign Pepe after Real Madrid released him.

No details were given on the length of the player's contract.

Pepe, 34, was a mainstay in the Madrid side after joining from Porto in 2007, appearing 334 times for the club.

He leaves Real after winning three La Liga titles, two King's Cup trophies and following three Champions League triumphs, although he missed this year's European Cup final victory against Juventus due to injury.

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