Real Madrid defender Pepe has remained coy on a potential move away from the Bernabeu, with Manchester City reported to be interested in acquiring the 30-year-old's services.
Manuel Pellegrini is suggested to be in the market for another defender with the departure of Kolo Toure to Liverpool. Furthermore, Pellegrini is short on defensive options as England international Joleon Lescott is in the final year of his contract, with no talks as of yet to extend a deal.
In addition, Matija Nastasic, who was preferred ahead of Lescott and Toure last season by Roberto Mancini, has been injured in a pre-season friendly with Sunderland, which has increased Pellegrini's need for more defensive options.
Pepe has therefore been linked with a move to City, though Pellegrini himself has not made an official comment confirming his interest in the 30-year-old, who is valued at £15 million.
The Chilean has however stated his squad is not complete, despite the additions of Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic, though it is 'very near'.
Pepe has recently faced stiff competition from up-and-coming French youngster Raphael Varane to pair Sergio Ramos in central defence for Real Madrid.
The Portuguese international had been utilised by now-Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho as a midfielder, though with the signings of Asier Illarramendi and Casemiro, both recognised midfielders, it seems unlikely Pepe will be used in such a manner.
In the face of this current predicament, Pepe, who has been capped 51 times by Portugal, said after Los Blancos' 2-1 friendly win over Everton in the States: "I'm a professional.
"They left a lot of things at the end of last season but I have a contract to fulfil.
"I'm talking to the president of Madrid and my representatives to see what will happen.
"I have a contract, I love the club and I have great affection for the people."
Pepe arrived at the Bernabeu from Porto in a €30 million deal in 2007.
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