Jese Rodriguez: Playing football makes me happy

Former Real Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez has spoken of his joy at playing football and how he has ‘never trained so much’.

The Spaniard has played on four occasions for Sporting CP- starting twice – but is yet to score and a report in Diario Sport earlier this month claimed the side reportedly have no plans to extend his loan deal and indeed want to cut it short.

“When I got the chance to play here (Sporting CP) I was very happy,” Jese told O Jogo, as cited by Diario AS.

“Sport gives me the opportunity to be happy and play football is what I like the most.

“The important thing is to work and be prepared. I look good, I am fit and eager to be at that level I need to be or even better. I've never trained so much.”

Jese spent the second half of last season on loan at Real Betis but they decided not to make the move permanent – reportedly due to the player’s annual wage bill of €3m.

The former Real Madrid player joined Los Verdiblancos on a long deal until the end of the season in January but netted just two goals in 18 appearances for the club.

The 25-year-old’s career has badly stalled since joining the Parisian club in 2016 from Real Madrid, as he barely played before loan spells at Las Palmas and Stoke City.

However, despite holding a reported €9m option to sign him permanently, Betis held little interest in a deal and he eventually moved to Portugal on the final day of the summer transfer window.

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