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Real Madrid Officially Hand Over Pepe's Number Three Shirt

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Real Madrid Officially Hand Over Pepe's Number Three Shirt

Following Pepe's exit from the iconic Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have officially handed over his number 3 shirt.

The Portuguese defender finally secured his move away from Madrid as he completed his transfer to Turkey by signing a two year contract with Besiktas.

Pepe celebrates winning the Champions League with his teammates. Image: PA

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Pepe leaves the club having won the lot. From La Liga titles to Copa del Reys not to mention THREE Champions League winner medals including a successful defence, last season.

The 34-year-old enjoyed 10 trophy laden years at Real, compiling over 300 appearances.

So needless to say, whoever takes his No.3 shirt has big shoes - or shirt - to fill. Enter Jesus Vallejo.

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The 20-year-old has been bestowed with the responsibilities of donning the famous number.

Vallejo was snapped up by Real in 2015 before immediately sending him out on loan. He spent a season in the La Liga with former club Real Zaragoza then the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt, and is now set to be apart of Zinedine Zidane's fold ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Vallejo in the wars during a Bundesliga fixture. Image: PA

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And the Spanish youngster is relishing the opportunity, while thanking the club and president for the faith shown in him.

"Thank you very much to the president and the club, who have shown great confidence in me when they signed me two years ago," Vallejo said via BeIN Sports.

Vallejo in action for Spain under-21's during the European Championship. Image: PA

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"Since then I have wanted to repay that trust. I still have a long way to go. With humility, work, effort and sacrifice I hope to be here for many years, because this is the best club in the world."

"I am very happy to take the responsibility [of playing for Madrid]. I will give everything for this badge and this shirt. Hala Madrid," he added.

Big things are expected from Vallejo. Remember the name.

Topics: Pepe, Real Madrid

Nasir Jabbar
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