Double Real Madrid Exit

Pepe, after a decade of service to Real Madrid, left at the end of his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu but somewhat surprisingly the defender ended up at Turkish champions Besiktas.

His final season at the Bernabeu, a decade on from his 2007 arrival from Porto, was continually filled with rumour and speculation about his future. One minute a new deal would be signed and then the next it wasn’t – the stumbling block being the length of the contract.

A deal of at least two years was wanted by Pepe, 34, but the club were only prepared to offer him one. Eventually, limited to just 18 appearances last season, this became none and the Portugal international, who made almost 350 appearances for Real, winning La Liga and the Champions League on three occasions, became a free agent.

Expected to join Paris Saint Germain, well, until an apparent dispute – again thought to be over the length of his contract – Pepe’s switch to the French club fell through, despite having successful come through a medical.

He’s now found a new club after joining Besiktas on what is thought to be a three year deal, according to Sky Sports.

Pepe’s compatriot Fabio Coentrao has also left Real.

Despite a lack of first team football, in any one season, never amounting anymore than 20 games in a campaign, Coentrao still managed to win La Liga and the Champions League twice as well as collecting a Copa del Rey winners medal.

Coentrao, who signed from Benfica in 2011, having spent 2015-16 on loan at Monaco, has returned to his native Portugal to join Sporting Lisbon on a season-long deal.

Limited to just the six first team appearances last season, the full back has probably played his final game at the Bernabeu, for Real anyway.