The 20-year-old striker and left sided midfielder is tied down to a Real Madrid contract until the summer of 2017 but according to Marca this morning, that hasn’t stopped German side Bayer Leverkusen from sniffing around the star.
Jese was on the radar of several Premier League sides last summer with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur two of the higher profile interested parties but everything went a little bit cold as soon as Rodriguez signed on the dotted line.
However, Marca reports that Leverkusen has people in Spain during mid-week enquiring over the latest situation surrounding the youngster, based on the fact he’s not played a lot of football so far this season.
Jese is yet to start a match in La Liga for Real Madrid this season while appearing three times, twice as a sub, in the Champions League for Los Blancos.
“The truth is that Jesé's situation, with his opportunities few and far between, does raise questions over his plans for the future,” reads the Marca report.
So what does it mean for the Premier League sides that had one eye on him in the summer?
The answer is not too much initially because the offer of a new contract and the signing of that new deal was all part of a sort of investment from both parties.
Jese would not have been naïve enough to expect to get into the attack ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and other players but he may have been expecting a few more chances.
If Liverpool and Spurs like him, they are relying on Bayer Leverkusen effectively doing some of the work for them as they are unlikely to pounce and get involved until Jese’s availability becomes official.
It seems opportunistic on the part of Leverkusen as they had people in Spain for the Champions League match against Real Sociedad, which they won 1-0.
The summer would be a better time for all parties interested in Jese to look at doing a deal for him because it would be remarkable if Real Madrid decided to let him go just five months after he signed a new contract.
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