Much of the post-weekend reaction in the Spanish media has centred around Real Madrid defender Pepe, after scoring the opening goal in a 1-1 draw with local rivals Atletico at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Indeed, that goal in the Madrid derby may well prove to be the Portugal international’s parting gift to the club he’s served for a decade, twice winning the Champions League title, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season and the 34-year-old’s future seemingly laying elsewhere.
The centre-back’s best years may now be behind him but there still appears to be plenty of interest in his services, with Marca reporting on offers from the Chinese Super League and seeming enquiries from Chelsea and PSG.
The Blues’ switch to three-at-the-back earlier this season has changed the complexion of the Premier League and seemingly laid out the game-plan for what looks set to be Antonio Conte’s defence of the English title next term.
But with three quality defenders already in the starting XI, not to mention Kurt Zouma being nursed back from a long-term injury and Andreas Christensen expected to return from his two-year loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, do Chelsea really need Pepe – albeit on a free transfer?
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