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Bruno Alves Says Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo Have Been Asking Him About Life at Rangers

Bruno Alves Says Pepe and Cristiano Ronaldo Have Been Asking Him About Life at Rangers

Rangers centre-back Bruno Alves has claimed Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, and his Portugal team-mate Pepe, have been asking him all about his life at Ibrox.

The veteran defender moved to Glasgow during the summer transfer window on a two-year deal, after a career which saw him play in countries such as Turkey, Italy, Russia and Greece.

With almost 100 caps for Portugal, Alves is tight with both Ronaldo and Pepe, and routinely teams up with Pepe to form the heartbeat of his country’s defence.

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And Alves is claiming the famous duo are right up-to-date with his experiences in the Scottish Premiership so far.

Speaking via the Sun, the 35-year-old said: “I speak to them all the time about clubs I’ve been at.

“Cristiano played in Manchester so he knows about Scottish football and Rangers.

“Pepe also played against Rangers before when we were in the same team.

“Everybody knows about football here in Scotland.

“I spoke about how intense the game is here, and how physical it is.

“Pepe is like ‘my style is also liking confrontations’.

“Maybe it’s a place one day he can come to play because he will be pleased.

“I don’t know if it’s possible because he’s now playing for Besiktas in Turkey but football is so small. Everything can happen.

“I never expected to come here but when I got the offer it was my choice because I know all about the club and the football.

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“Cristiano and Pepe weren’t surprised about me coming because football is like that. Everything happens so fast.”

At 34, Pepe appears to be winding-down his playing career at Besiktas, after winning just about everything possible at Real Madrid.

But judging by Alves’s comments, it definitely sounds like he’d enjoy a short stint in the Scottish Premiership.

Ronaldo at Aberdeen? Pepe at Hearts? Stranger things have happened.

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