Pepe: ‘Of course’ I’d like Cristiano Ronaldo to come to Besiktas
Besiktas defender Pepe has said that ‘of course’ he would want to see his former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo join him in Turkey.
Pepe left Real Madrid over the summer to join the Turkish champions on a free transfer and he was one of the players to take part in their viral #ComeToBesiktas social media campaign.
In a recent Instagram live Ronaldo was asked by a fan to ‘#ComeToBesiktas’ to which the Portuguese superstar replied "Pepe's there, and Quaresma! They don't need me!"
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal shares a joke with Pepe during a training session at Stadium Rubin on June 27, 2017 in Kazan, Russia.Getty Images
"Of course I would like for Cristiano to come here," Pepe replied.
"He's a person for whom I have maximum respect; a friend; an extremely important person to me. If it were possible for this to happen, of course I'd love for him to come to Besiktas."
Pepe was also asked about his decision to join Besiktas in the first place and the incredible noise that the fans create, something that caused distress to Timo Werner in a Champions League match.
"I had many offers from many big, important European clubs, when Besiktas came to me with their offer and their project, it grabbed my attention.
"Many, many people sent me messages on social media. I couldn't not go. I couldn't turn my back on all this affection that the people had given me.
Besiktas' Portuguese defender Pepe (L) celebrates after his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Monaco and Besiktas on October 17, 2017 in Monaco.Getty Images
"I said I have to go to Besiktas. It's impossible not to go to Besiktas!
“It's [the noise] like nothing I've experienced before,
"Turkish people live football. Football is a passion of theirs. They demonstrate it with love and affection for their team."