Where it all went wrong for Jese at Real Madrid

Real Madrid's Jese looks dejected

Jese Rodriguez will leave Real Madrid to sign a four-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain.

Real Madrid's Jese looks dejected

Rewinding to the second half of the 2013-14 campaign, Jese Rodriguez was in full flight. Tormenting La Liga defences was starting to become a regular activity.

Carlo Ancelotti placed his trust in Jese, giving him a chance in a couple of games to show his worth before the winter break.

At the end of two dazzling runs were two superb passes which helped his side overcome Almeria and a crucial winner at the Mestalla completely repaid the faith Ancelotti showed in the youngster.

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He began to grow into the first team, landing consecutive starts here and there with his performances even tempting Vicente Del Bosque ahead of the World Cup.

The Spanish national team manager told Goal: "I don’t like to single out any one player in particular or mention any names but in general, a number of players have the possibility of being called up and Jese is amongst them.”

The step up from Castilla to Real Madrid could be the hardest in football. However, beating Emilio Butragueno's scoring record for the youth side showed his clear talent and earned him the promotion with a nice new contract.

Jese celebrates after Gareth Bale (not pictured) scores the first goal for Real Madrid

Everything seemed right for the 23-year-old until he was struck down with an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in the Champions League in March.

No rest of the season, no place on the World Cup plane which seemed certain and no return till December.

In that breakthrough year, Jese conjured his best record in a season at the Santiago Bernabeu. He has struggled ever since to find his feet once again.

Real Madrid's Jese in action with Manchester City's Nicolas Otamendi

Back to this campaign and Jese could have expected to continue playing a bit-part, yet at Real Madrid even that role is competitive.

New signing Lucas Vazquez featured for 400 minutes more than Jese and got off the bench in the Champions League final and secured a spot in the national squad at the Euros ahead of the winger.

The return of Alvaro Morata and Zinedine Zidane’s admiration for Marco Asensio in pre-season was never going to prove good news for Jese either.

Jese’s move to PSG will hurt but it sadly seemed inevitable. We will now never know how good a path he was on to before his injury woes.

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