Real Madrid Legend Pepe Believes Current Barcelona Defender Is a Perfect Fit for Los Blancos

Real Madrid Legend Pepe Believes Current Barcelona Defender Is a Perfect Fit for Los Blancos

Byron Pillay
updated at March 19, 2024 at 6:25 PM
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  • Pepe made over 300 appearances for Real Madrid and won numerous trophies with the side
  • Joao Cancelo is currently on loan at Barcelona but will return to his parent club Manchester City
  • Pepe believes that his Portuguese counterpart Cancelo would be a good fit for his former side

Barcelona and Real Madrid are bitter rivals, but it’s not uncommon for footballers to play for both teams.

Stars like Ronaldo Nazario, Luis Figo and Luis Enrique all represented the Los Blancos and Blaugrana, but could Joao Cancelo be next?

Pepe wants Joao Cancelo to swap Barcelona for Real Madrid.
Joao Cancelo recently revealed that Pepe wants him to leave Barcelona to join Real Madrid. Image: Power Sport Images.
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The Portuguese defender is currently contracted to Manchester City but is on loan at Barcelona.

Cancelo has made 32 appearances for the Spanish side, and is on loan at the side until the end of the season, Transfermarkt noted.

Despite fitting in well with the La Liga champions, their financial issues could scupper any chance of them making his move permanent. Man City are also reluctant to send him out on another loan and would prefer to sell him.

Could Cancelo join Real Madrid?

While he currently represents Madrid’s rivals, the defender admitted that a Los Blancos legend was trying to get him to make the switch.

90MIN reported that Portuguese great Pepe was trying to convince Cancelo to switch his allegiance. Pepe made 334 appearances for Madrid and won numerous trophies with them.

"If you ask Pepe, for example, he would tell me that I was a good player for Real Madrid, and I would say that I am from Barcelona and I couldn't play for Real Madrid,” Cancelo said when speaking about Pepe’s opinion.

Cancelo loved by new teammates

Not only does the Portuguese defender love playing for Barca, but his teammates are also glad to have him there as well.

Fermin Lopez recently dedicated the team’s victory over Atletico Madrid to the defender, after he missed the game through personal reasons, Tribuna noted.

Barcelona want to sign Joao and Joao

Sports Brief previously reported that Barcelona were considering signing Portuguese stars Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix permanently.

Cancelo is currently at the Spanish side on loan from Premier League champions Manchester City, while Felix is on loan from Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona’s dire financial situation has made it difficult to permanently bring in any new signings, but Felix and Cancelo have both impressed at the club.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.