Pepe names Barcelona player he would sign for Real Madrid; snubs MSN

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Pepe was speaking on Spanish radio on Monday night.

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Pepe sprung a surprise when he named the Barcelona player he’d want to play alongside at Real Madrid in an interview with Cadena Ser on Monday night.

The El Clasico is considered one of the greatest and most watched games in world football, and it’s hardly a surprise given the immense talent on show from both sides.

Madrid and Barcelona constantly go toe-to-toe in a fight for La Liga glory every year, whilst sometimes clashing in European competition.

The rivalry shows no signs of letting up, but transfers between the two clubs has. Back in 2007, Javier Saviola represented the last player to have moved from Catalonia to the Spanish capital.

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Moving between the two is, of course, a huge risk and supporters do not take it well — as evidenced by Luis Figo’s move in 2000 where there was a pig’s head thrown at him on his return to the Nou Camp with Los Blancos.

However true the hatred may be, it did not stop Spanish radio station Cadena Ser from asking one Madrid player who he’d sign from the La Liga champions.

Pepe, who is never far from trouble in an El Clasico, looked to a summer signing instead of naming the obvious likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

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After thinking for a few moments, he told Cadena Ser on Monday night: "No, I think we're alright... Andre Gomes? Yes, we played together in the national team, but he wanted to go to Barcelona.”

The defender snubbed one of the big players and went for his national compatriot, who helped Portugal lift the Euro 2016 trophy.

Luis Enrique lured Andre Gomes from Valencia in a deal worth £29.3 million this summer, according to the BBC.

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The midfielder has yet to start a league match for the Catalans, though he has struggled with injury since arriving. He did, though, complete a full 90 minutes in his side’s 7-0 thumping of Celtic in their Champions League group opener on Tuesday evening.

The 23-year-old certainly has a bright future ahead of him. So full of potential that Pepe wishes he had headed for the Santiago Bernabeu rather than the Nou Camp.

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