Jese: Thanks for the support

Jese has thanked fans and teammates for their support after learning that he will be out for the rest of the season.

The forward damaged knee ligaments in the win over Schalke on Tuesday, and has had to go to Germany to have an operation.

It means the youngster will be out for at least six months – but the Blancos graduate has admitted that he is feeling much better having gone under the knife.

“I really appreciate all the displays of affection I’ve received and I’m taking all the encouragement to make me stronger and return with more determination and do what I know, which is play football,” he told the club’s official website.

“I have to take it easy to recover. Now I’m better, the operation made an impression on me a bit because it was the first time I’ve had surgery.

“It went well and I’m already thinking about recovering, which is the important thing and the only thing I can change from the bad stuff that happened.

“The fans have always shown me special affection since I started playing in the first team and I’d like to thank them for that. Now I’m not going to play for some time, but I’m going to come back stronger.

“I’ve spoken to the president. We’ve always been in touch. If he doesn’t call me he calls my agent. I’ve thanked him personally on the phone.

“I’m grateful for the affection I’ve received, both from him and my teammates, and I’d like to thank everyone at Real Madrid.

“I’m going to improve many things. You have to forget the bad stuff and take the positives. I’m sure I’m going to come back stronger.”

Jese then commented on this weekend’s Clasico and the Champions League quarter-final draw, which has seen his side face Borussia Dortmund.

“I’ve spoken to my teammates and the gaffer on the phone and I’ve given them my full support to go and win the Clásico.

“I’ve told them that what’s happened to me is extra motivation and they’ve said they’re going to be strong and dedicate the win to me.

“Dortmund are a great side; they’ve changed a few players from last year but at the end of the day it’s down to us.”

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