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Real Madrid defender fit for tournament…

Real Madrid and Portugal star Pepe has spoken of his delight at being declared fit for World Cup duty and warned the rest of the world that Cristiano Ronaldo will be the man to watch in South Africa this summer.

"I feel good,” Pepe told Real Madrid's official website following his lengthy recovery from the torn cruciate ligament he suffered in December.

“Real Madrid's team of doctors know how important the psychological recovery is for a footballer and both Doctor Diez and Doctor Hernandez think I am of sound mind."

The 27-year-old centre-back, who plays in a more advanced defensive midfield role for Portugal, went on to say that he thinks the Seleccao are looking good and that his Real Madrid team-mate will be the star of the tournament.

"Portugal is in good shape and we are working hard,” he said.

“We are ready and have what it takes to fight for the World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo will be the player to keep any eye on. He had a strong finish in La Liga and helped Real Madrid a lot. He will be a decisive player in South Africa if he keeps up the pace.”

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