Jese Rodriguez has dedicated his goal to Real Madrid staff and supporters who have been a pillar of strength as he worked his way back from a knee injury.
The young forward impressed many with some eye-catching displays last season before a cruciate ligament injury curtailed his progress. His hopes of making Spain’s World Cup squad were dashed and he’s spent the last nine months working on his recovery.
The 21-year-old netted the fifth goal on Tuesday night as Los Blancos eased past Cornella in the Copa del Rey – their 17th consecutive victory. And speaking to reporters after the game, Jese was keen to thank those working at the club and the Madridista fans who have messaged him and supported him throughout his recovery.
“I’m very happy for the victory and my return. It’s been eight months of suffering,” he admitted.
And he continued: “Thanks to the coach and the president. They’ve helped me a lot, and I love the fans very much for their support. I’ve especially missed playing with the team and being around my teammates. I also dedicate [my goal] to the Santiago Bernabeu and my physio for my recovery.”
James Rodriguez grabbed a brace in the 5-0 rout at the Santiago Bernabeu, while Isco and a Borja own goal completed the scoring.