Danilo: 'Zen' Pepe is a sensational guy!

The Real Madrid right-back insists that his team-mate is mellow away from the pitch, and has lavished praise on the Portugal international, who triumphed at Euro 2016 in France

Real Madrid defender Pepe is “zen” when he is away from the pitch, according to his club-mate Danilo.

The Portugal international turned in a series of superb displays at Euro 2016 as Fernando Santos’ men triumphed in France, defeating the host nation 1-0 in the final.

Pepe has gained a reputation for hot-headedness during his time at Real, being involved in a number of on-pitch spats, while he has also been criticised for his alleged play-acting.

However, Danilo insists that the 33-year-old is a quiet person away from the field, and has lavished praised on the centre-back.

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“When I see the challenges from Pepe during a game I say to myself — ‘Pepe is crazy, the guy is sick,'” Danilo told Globo Esporte. “Because day-to-day he’s a ‘zen’ guy. He speaks quietly, is very calm and is a good guy. Then training comes and he gets stuck in. If anyone argues he is the one who breaks it up.

“When I see him raging in the games I think — it can’t be the same person. When he plays he is completely different, and it is great for us. But in the day-to-day he is an exceptional guy, always with his little girls around the club.

“And he helped me when I came from Porto. He was by my side in the most difficult moments, as he had lived through something similar. He is a sensational guy.”

Danilo made 31 appearances in all competitions for Real in 2015-16, following his transfer from FC Porto.

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