However, the 22-year-old has insisted that at no point in the past few months has he considered leaving the Santiago Bernabeu:
“I’ve never wanted to leave,” as quoted by the Express.
“I’m very grateful to the coach for counting on me. He’s shown he has faith in me. I’ll try to make the most of every opportunity I get.
“Coming back midway through last season as I had to do and not play, then play was far more complicated. I feel better. The injury is well behind me and I feel great.
“I don’t mind where I play. I like all attacking positions so I can adapt easily.”
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Jese made just three La Liga starts last season and 13 substitute appearances – scoring three goals and recording two assists – and with Isco and James Rodriguez ahead of him in a playmaker role, he still has plenty to prove before becoming a regular in the Spanish capital.
However, there have been suggestions in pre-season that new manager Rafael Benitez is set to utilise the Spaniard’s strengths in a centre-forward role following a superb goal against Inter Milan:
With speculation continuing to link Karim Benzema with Arsenal, perhaps the former Liverpool manager is assessing his options in attack with the Frenchman’s future unclear.