Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has responded to reports linking one of his stars with a move to China.
Pepe has seemingly dropped down the pecking order at Los Blancos this season, with Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane being the preferred central defensive pairing.
The Portuguese defender’s contract expires this year, and he is yet to commit to a new deal at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“He’s an important player and whenever he plays he does his job,” Zidane told reporters at a press conference.
“That’s what’s important now. The contract is not my business. I’ll count on him until the end.
“There’ll be matches he plays in and others when he doesn’t. We have eight very good defenders and from time to time we have to leave some out of the matchday squad. »