Jese: I'll come back stronger

The 21-year-old forward says he is fully focused on recovering from his injury and is motivated to return in even better condition

Real Madrid youngster Jese Rodriguez insists he will “come back stronger” from his cruciate ligament injury.

The player was stretchered off in his side’s 3-1 win over Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday and underwent surgery on his knee on Thursday.

And the 21-year-old is remaining positive in the wake of his injury and says he is completely focused on recovering and wants to return in even better shape than he was before.

“I really appreciate all the displays of affection I’ve received,” the forward told Real Madrid’s official website.

“I’m taking all the encouragement to make me stronger and return with more determination and do what I know, which is play football. I have to take it easy to recover.

“[The operation] went well and I’m already thinking about recovering, which is the important thing and the only thing I can change from the bad stuff that happened.

“Now I’m not going to play for some time, but I’m going to come back stronger.”

The youngster says he is wishing his team the best as they prepare to take on fierce rivals Barcelona in a crucial league clash this weekend.

“I’ve spoken to my team-mates and the gaffer on the phone and I’ve given them my full support to go and win the Clasico. I’ve told them that what’s happened to me is extra motivation and they’ve said they’re going to be strong and dedicate the win to me.”

He then went on to discuss his side’s Champions League quarter-final opponents, Borussia Dortmund.

“Dortmund are a great side; they’ve changed a few players from last year but at the end of the day it’s down to us.”