Pepe angered by Real Madrid treatment as he prepares to move on

With Pepe's contract set to expire this summer, he said: "It is clear that I will not continue at Real Madrid".

Pepe joined Real Madrid from FC Porto in 2007. "One stage is over and, from now, another new one will start". "I was only offered one year", the defender said". I could have done it before, but I wanted to wait to avoid destabilising the team.

"I decided I was going back in January when I saw the club were not treating me in the best way", he said. Real Madrid's behaviour has not been correct.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane may be enjoying the acclaim that comes with leading his club to their first domestic and European double in 50 years, but despite a good show, central defender Pepe barbed at Zidane. "You know I have everything up to date but did you see the club defend me?"

Pep told Cope: "I don't want to blame anyone".

"That hurt me, as I always fulfilled my obligations, and they made me understand I was not valued".

Pepe's relationship with Rafa Benitez has prompted links with an unlikely move to Newcastle United, the centre-back having stated while confirming his departure from Madrid: "I really liked the sincerity of [Rafa] Benítez".

Finally, he spoke about his feelings for Real Madrid: "I gave the maximum".

"I can not explain to you why I disappeared from the team in the last games".

Pepe added that he had "not signed" with any clubs yet amidst speculation that he could move to one of PSG or Inter Milan. He stressed, "The club didn't defend me with the tax office issue. I have offers, not just PSG or Inter, also for example in England".

  • Julie Sanders