Jese Rodriguez, in all fairness, probably deserves a pay-rise after an excellent season
The Spanish league system as you all well know runs slightly different to our own; especially when it comes to teams second strings.
While over here the reserve team players would have to go out on loan to receive regular playing time in the leagues directly below the top tier in Spain more often or not they play in those leagues for their respective clubs ‘B’ teams.
And with some of the bigger teams the ‘B’ teams play just one division below the first team outfits they one day dream of joining.
In Spain the ‘B’ teams of Real Madrid and Barcelona compete in the Segunda Division and this year finished in more than respectful eighth and ninth place respectively.
The performance of some of their players has also whetted the appetite of outsider parties. Gerard Eulofeu and Luis Alberto for instance are wanted men at Barca.
Denis Cheryshev has done much the same with Real.
But the man who truly starred for Real’s Castilla side this season was 20-year-old Jese Rodriguez.
He bagged 22 goals in 38 appearance this campaign and has recently found himself labelled as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’ at the club; some pretty big shoes to fill I think you will agree.
That sort of form has seen teams from across Europe wonder if they could make a cheeky bid for the player; Premier League teams included.
Arsenal have recently been linked with a move for the player while Tottenham bid for him last summer and could reignite that interest.
Manchester United have also been sporadically linked with the lad but Liverpool were most recently said to hold a vested interest in the player.
It certainly seems that at this moment the interest from Arsenal and Liverpool is that doing the rounds in the English press.
Rodriguez however admits he does not particularly want to leave the Bernabeu just yet and is instead excited about getting at the first-team next season.
Now Real Madrid look set to put an end to discussions over his future themselves with a new contract.
His current deal runs out in 2014 so Real are keen to tie him down to something more lucrative, with As suggesting they will double his salary to €1.2 million a year in order to keep the vultures away from one of their star talents.
Now Premier League suitors will have to watch and see whether his €31 million buy-out clause remains or they can say adios to any chance of snapping up this talent.
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