L'Equipe report that Pepe was expecting a two-year contract but the departure of Patrick Kluivert from his role as sporting director and the arrival of Antero Henrique, a compatriot of Pepe's, is unwilling to offer him "such a long contract".
Competing with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos
The French newspaper report that Pepe would be in competition with Thiago Silva and Marquinhos and young French defender, Presnel Kimpembe. The central defender is looking for a new club after spending a decade at Real Madrid during which he won three Champions Leagues. The one-year extension the club offered was not sufficient for Pepe, who believes he has more left in the tank and should be treated accordingly.
Pepe played at Porto before his jump to Real Madrid where he worked with Antero Henrique, who was the sporting director of the club at the time. At the moment, Pepe is concentrating on the Confederations Cup and will look to sort out his future once that is finished.