Pepe Out: Which Defender Should Los Galacticos Purchase?

Avishek BanskotaContributor IDecember 14, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - AUGUST 09:  Pepe #3 of Real Madrid looks on during player inroductions prior to facing D.C. United during action at Fed Ex Field on August 9, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. Real Madrid defeated D.C. United 3-0 in the friendly match.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Yesterday's game against Valencia was a fantastic result for Real Madrid. Madrid played well and deservedly beat Valencia at the Mestella with a scoreline of 2-3.

But what made the win even sweeter was that Madrid won the game without the top galacticos...Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka. So much for all the Ronaldodependencia or Kakareliancy.

The team played extremely well, and Gonzalo Higuain once again proved his worth. Even Benzema got involved with as assist. Great.

One bad news though and surely a horrible one for all Madristas. The injury to Pepe. He is now out for six months and will miss all La Liga games, Champions League games and maybe even the World Cup.

Pepe has been fantastic for Madrid this season. After his ten match ban which he incurred for going mad against Getafe, he has come back strong and been brilliant. His partnership with Raul Albiol was just starting to take shape.

In short, Pepe had been fantastic and was an important part of the team. His absence now will surely be felt.

Garay, his replacement played well and even got the winner. He is a good player and will deputise well for Pepe. But is he good enough to depend on for the whole season? Especially when the league is towards its end, and there is difficult opposition to face in the Champions League.

Metzelder, the fourth center back is always on the treatment table. In over two-and-a-half years at Real, Metzelder has made just 22 official appearances. Even Arjen Robben made more.

Now Madrid need a reliable center back. Someone who can fit in as soon as possible and play with Albiol in the center. Someone who can be relied upon all season. Another important thing is that the defender should not be cup tied so he can play in the Champions League.

So which defender should Madrid buy? Is it wiser to buy a not-cup-tied center back who is available? I cannot think of many names. Or is it wiser to buy a not-cup-tied reliable right back and move Sergio Ramos to the center?

One center back who comes to my mind is Palermo's young Danish center back Simon Kjaer. He has been fantastic ever since he moved to Italy and has been linked to a host number of teams like Manchester United and Italy's holy trinity of Juventus and the Milan rivals.

There are other names, too, like Roma's Mexes. Or maybe it is a better option to get an available right back and move Sergio Ramos to the center.

The dream move would be John Terry, but we all know that Terry isn't leaving Stamford Bridge.

So to all Madristas and even the rivals...which defender do you think Madrid should buy to fill the void after Pepe's injury?