Pepe targets new contract, wants to end career at Real Madrid

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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