Ray Wilkins has warned his former club Chelsea against signing Real Madrid defender Pepe as a replacement for John Terry, citing his fiery temperament as a reason to rule him out.
At 34-years-old John Terry should be approaching his evergreen years as a footballer, but after another sensational season last term he earned himself a one-year contract extension.
However, it is not known whether he will still be at Stamford Bridge beyond next season, thus speculation as to who could fill his position has emerged.
Though, speaking to talkSPORT Wilkins was far from complimentary about the prospect of Pepe heading to Chelsea, making a mention of his conduct on the pitch as reason to remain wary.
"Jose Mourinho obviously knows Pepe from Real Madrid," he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. "I’m told, off the field, he’s a diamond of a young man.
"But watching him, he frustrates the life out of me. I hate watching him. He’s a feigner and a red card walking."
A dirty record
Wilkins is right to point to Pepe's penchant for red cards as he has received six throughout his career, although Terry isn't far behind on five, albeit having played three seasons longer.
Although it is Pepe's history of violent behaviour which perhaps concerns Wilkins the most. Frequent acts of aggression that have no place in football continue to scar his career, such has been the ferocity of some of the incidents.
For any followers of Spanish football many will be aware of the red card he received against against Getafe for what can only be described as lodging a full scale assault against their captain Francisco Casquero in which Pepe repeatedly kicked and stamped on his opponent.
This is just one example of many which sum him Pepe's, shall we say, abrupt playing style.
However, despite his obvious flaws, at 32-years-old he would arrive as a highly experienced centre-back who has played at the highest level within the game.
Furthermore his contract at Real Madrid will expire at the end of next season so the opportunity to attain him for a relatively low fee makes him an attractive option for Chelsea.
Clearly not a fan of Pepe's on-field demeanour, Wilkins instead believes that Terry's current playing partner, Branislav Ivanovic, is the ideal man to replace him, adding that he could easily move across from right-back to occupy the central position in defence.
"He could be the perfect replacement for John [Terry].
"He's up and atom, he's in your face, he's as strong as an ox and he is a centre-half".
Whilst he was indeed brought into the club as a centre-back, it would be surprising for Ivanovic to be removed from the right-back slot just yet when he has been so effective in it. Though even if he isn't the man to replace Terry at centre-back, as long as it isn't Pepe then Wilkins should be happy.
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