Stoke City have announced that Jese Rodriguez’s loan spell at the club has been terminated, with the Paris Saint-Germain forward released on compassionate leave.
The 25-year-old linked up with the Potters in August 2017 after being deemed surplus to requirements in the French capital.
A spell in the Premier League was intended to rejuvenate a player who has seen his career stall since leaving Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Jese was, however, to record just one goal in 13 appearances for Stoke as he struggled to juggle his commitments on and off the field.
He was freed by Stoke to spend time with his hospitalised son in Madrid earlier in the season, but was rarely seen at the club between October and January.
Paul Lambert did bring him back into the fold upon succeeding Mark Hughes at the best365 Stadium, but he took in just four more appearances before disappearing again.
Stoke have now agreed to bring a testing loan agreement to a close, with a statement posted on the club’s official website reading: “In order to respond to recent press speculation surrounding Jese Rodriguez, we would like to confirm that the Club has given Jesé permission to take unpaid compassionate leave until the end of the season for personal reasons and therefore he will not be returning to Stoke during his loan period.”
Jese will now be expected to report back at PSG this summer, having penned a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 champions in 2016.
He managed just two goals in 14 appearances for them in his debut campaign before being loaned back to Spain at Las Palmas.