Real Madrid's Jose Mourinho: 'Pepe is frustrated'

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho on the touchline against Getafe on January 27, 2013
© PA Photos
Jose Mourinho says that Pepe is frustrated as he has lost his place in the Real Madrid starting lineup to "a kid".

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has claimed that Pepe spoke against him because the centre-back is frustrated at losing his place to youngster Raphael Varane.

Pepe recently said that his Portuguese compatriot should have shown more respect towards club captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

"It is very easy to analyse what he says," ESPN quotes Mourinho as saying. "His problem has a name - Raphael Varane. He was talking from frustration. It is not easy for a man of 29 years to be blown away by a kid of 19. But the kid is fantastic.

"And who had the courage to put in the kid? Me. So the problem is very simple. Pepe was an undisputed first-choice, he is not any longer. It is one of the few decisions of mine that has not been discussed in public.

"I have no problem with [Pepe]. I understand it is not an easy situation for him. There must be very few people who think that Varane and Sergio Ramos are not the future of Real Madrid."

Varane has made 13 appearances in La Liga so far this season and also featured 11 times in Madrid's Champions League campaign.

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on April 30, 2013
Read Next:
Mourinho defends CL record
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole



Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1AlavesAlaves00000000
2Athletic Bilbao00000000
3Atletico MadridAtletico00000000
4Barcelona00000000
5Celta Vigo00000000
6Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo00000000
7EibarEibar00000000
8Espanyol00000000
9Getafe00000000
10GironaGirona00000000
11Las PalmasLas Palmas00000000
12Leganes00000000
13Levante00000000
14Malaga00000000
15Real Betis00000000
16Real Madrid00000000
17Real Sociedad00000000
18Sevilla00000000
19Valencia00000000
20Villarreal00000000
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand