Portuguese centre-back Pepe has admitted that he is hoping to sign a new contract with Real Madrid that will see him end his career at the club.
Pepe, 33, is out of contract at the end of the season and while there are rumours linking him with a move to join Antonio Conte at Chelsea, the Portuguese has pledged his allegiance to his current club.
“I am calm. I want to help Madrid, the club I love,” he told Antenna 3. “I am at peace.
“I hope the club call me first to resolve this [contract] situation. I am calm, people in the club know that this is my home. I have already said that I expect to be with Madrid until the last second.
“My goal is to retire here.”
While Pepe played the full 90 minutes in Madrid’s 5-1 home rout of Legia Warsaw in the Champions League on Tuesday, it was European debutant Marco Asensio who caught the eye with his first-half strike.
Instead of being carried away by a fantastic Champions League debut, Asensio praised Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane for his advice before the game.
“The coach talked to me and told me I should be calm,” he told reporters. “Here we have world class players.
“He told me to be patient. There are players who have spent many years here and I need to seize the minutes given to me.”