Chelsea target Jese Rodriguez has revealed his desire to remain with Real Madrid following his return from a lengthy injury spell, according to reports from the Express.
The 22-year-old spent the majority of the previous campaign sidelined with a ruptured cruciate ligament, but still managed to catch the eye of Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who spent three years with Real before moving to England.
However, Jese is now being tipped to play a more central role for the upcoming campaign under newly appointed manager Rafa Benitez following the return of Manchester United loanee striker Javier Hernandez.
He is usually deployed on either attacking flank, but will find it very difficult to overtake first choice wingers Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to the role.
Despite links of a move to Stamford Bridge, the forward has admitted that he isn’t keen on leaving the La Liga giants and is prepared to fight for a place in the squad.
“I’ve never wanted to leave,” he said.
“I’m very grateful to the coach for counting on me. He’s shown he has faith in me. I’ll try to make the most of every opportunity I get.
“Coming back midway through last season as I had to do and not play, then play was far more complicated. I feel better. The injury is well behind me and I feel great.
“I don’t mind where I play. I like all attacking positions so I can adapt easily.”
He started only three league matches last term while coming on as a substitute a further 13 times, scoring a total of three goals.