Ancelotti: Jese understands substitute role

The Real Madrid coach says the youngster is at ease with his bit-part role at the moment and insists that the Clasico is not in his thoughts ahead of Saturday's match at Malaga
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says that Jese Rodriguez is understanding about Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo starting ahead of him.

The young Spanish forward has been in prolific scoring form since the turn of 2014, enjoying an extended spell in the first team thanks to cup games and injuries affecting several players.

However, with the main attacking trio back fit, Jese has reverted to a spot on the bench but the Italian insists that the 21-year-old is comfortable with the situation.

"Every day I talk to Jese, he is calm and understands the situation and knows that he can help the team," Ancelotti told reporters on Friday. "Jese does not ask for time to play, he's concentrating.

"All players have to be ready because, even if they play one minute, it may be the most important minute of the season."

Los Blancos, who lead La Liga by three points over Atletico Madrid and four points over Barcelona, travel to Malaga on Saturday and Ancelotti is keen to focus on that game instead of the following weekend's Clasico.

"We have not talked about the Clasico," he declared. "[Saturday] is very important against a team who have done well recently and have their confidence up.

"I'm comfortable with the team, I know they're focused. We're not talking about the Clasico, we are focused on Malaga ... and then come the reigning champions."