Zinedine Zidane eyes five players to replace Pepe in Real Madrid’s defence

By Chirag

 Real Madrid became the first club ever to defend a Champions League Title since the tournament was revamped in 1992, that’s 27 years. They managed to complete a Champions League and La Liga double, for the first time as well. Even with a strong team, Zidane isn’t satisfied yet as he tries to keep the Los Blancos at the top of the football pyramid.

One area of concern is the defence. Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Pepe missed substantial game time last season due to injuries and Zindane had to resort to make shift defence at times. One potential hole is created in the Real Madrid’s defence, with Pepe leaving on a free transfer this summer.

The 34-year-old Portuguese defender has made 334 appearances while helping Real to three La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns, but it appears his spell in the Spanish capital is coming to a muted end, with no farewell planned before he leaves. He has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan.

Real Madrid have confirmed to Jesus Vallejo that he will be among the senior squad’s centre-back options for the 2017/18 season.During the first half of a loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt, the Spaniard was a revelation in Bundesliga and was only slowed by injury problems that began in February.

Even thoughJesus Vallejowill be available, DiarioGol claims Zidane has five names that he could target over the coming weeks to bolster his defence.

Top of the list is a name that’s been linked with Barcelona recently, Athletic Bilbao centre-back AymericLaporte, followed by surprise candidate in the Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucciwho could leave after suffering two Champions League final defeats in the last three seasons.

Paris St-Germain defender Marquinhos is thought to have caught the eye of Zidane along with Manchester City’s centre-back Nicolas Otamendias Pep Guardiola looks to overhaul his back line.

And Bayern Munich’s David Alaba is the final name Zidane is thought be considering after an unsuccessful move last summer.

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