Zidane: Jese is a formidable player with enormous potential

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Although things have not passed smoothly for the attacker since leaving the Bernabeu, his former coach is still wary of the threat that he could pose

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has lavished praised upon Jese Rodriguez ahead of a reunion between the pair in midweek.

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Jese spent nine years at various levels with Madrid and had threatened to establish himself as a regular at the Bernabeu, but injury derailed him and he was offloaded to Paris Saint-Germain for €25 million last summer. However, the 24-year-old failed to impress in France and has been shunted on loan to hometown side Las Palmas, who meet Los Blancos on Wednesday.

Although Zidane sold the former Spain Under-21 star, he remains respectful of his talents.

“He’s a formidable player with enormous potential,” Zizou told the media. “He’s a Spanish player of great quality. I like him a lot as a player and as a person.

“I hope that his decision to join Las Palmas pays off – starting from Thursday. I hope from then he can do great things with them.”

The Champions League-winning coach believes there might be a simple explanation why he did not shine in Ligue 1.

“In Paris, things did not go as he would have wanted, maybe because he didn’t have the minutes he required on the pitch to impose himself,” Zidane said.

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“Now I with him all the best starting from Thursday, and that he rediscovers his best level because he’s a formidable player.”

Jese has played four times since returning to La Liga, but has been in the losing side on each occasion.

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