Spanish Under-19 striking sensation Jese has been declared 'untouchable' by his club Real Madrid after his recent exploits, claims AS.
The Gran Canaria-born player received the Golden Boot as top scorer with five goals at the recent European Under-19 Championships in Estonia, including a hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Portugal and the decisive goal in the final against Greece.
Consequently, his agent Gines Carvajal’s phone has never stopped ringing in the past week with a number of clubs wanting to know his situation at the Santiago Bernabeu, although Real have given a firm indication that he is going nowhere.
“Jese signed a contract last year until 2014 with a buy-out clause of €40m and we do not intend to sell him. He is untouchable,” AS quotes a club source as saying.
“He is a Real Madrid player and will eventually be a success in the first team.
“This year he will be toughened up with Castilla [Real’s second string]in La Segunda and next summer Jose Mourinho will want him for the first team.”
Benfica are thought to have been the latest to club to ask about Jese, with Arsenal and Manchester United also making tentative enquiries, but the €40m figure has deterred any would-be suitors for a player who has played just one first-team game with Madrid, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo for the final 15 minutes of a 2-0 Copa del Rey win at Ponferradina last season.