After a loan season, the midfielder returned to Guimarães to sign by 2024 and has already surpassed the personal record of 2017/18 by a first team (Estoril).
With no room in Benfica, Pêpê Rodrigues decided to return to the place where he had been happy and packs for a memorable season, having already exceeded the maximum number of games (23), in 2017/18, with a first team (Estoril). After just five months, he has played 26 games for V. Guimarães, with goals scored for Ventspils (two) and Aves and three assists, being a strong contender for the eleven that Ivo Vieira will host at Benfica on 4 January. the championship. If this inclusion is confirmed, it will be the Portuguese midfielder's first game against the incarnated, which could not be verified in the previous two seasons because he was loaned, precisely by the club of Luz, first to Estoril and then to Vitória.
Everything changed last summer, shortly after Bordeaux tried to sign the 22-year-old, whose features are much appreciated by Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa. The offer of the French club did not convince Benfica and Pêpê was eventually handed over to V. Guimarães, with pass shared in equal percentages by the two clubs, signing for Minho until 2024. "Since the season (2018/19) is over that my intention was to return; that's always what I passed to my businessmen. Fortunately I'm here. I liked being here last season, I liked the city and the fans. I'm here to give everything for Vitória, "he testified at the time. Victorian club means the midfielder, determined to play more often than in 2018/19 (20 games, 924 minutes), then under the command of Luis Castro.
The possibility of returning to work with Ivo Vieira, with whom he had met at Estoril, was one of the things that Pêpe considered to return, and the new coach was not slow to explore his skills, so that the midfielder is each once again an indispensable unit in midfield, one of the busiest sectors of the team. "I already know almost every player, I know the coach and his way of thinking. I was with Ivo in Estoril and I know how he thinks the game. It goes against what I think is ideal," said Pêpe the same day in who signed a long-term contract with Vitória, putting an end to a ten-year connection with Benfica. On the eve of the match with Covilhã, which would dictate V. Guimarães's qualification for the League Cup final-four, the midfielder was clear to define the team's style of play. "It will be a Victory to send," he shot.
. (tagsToTranslate) The Game (t) OJ (t) V. Guimarães (t) I Liga (t) National Football