Jese Rodriguez: Mourinho never gave me a chance

The Real Madrid youngster believes that he was unfairly overlooked by the Portuguese and hopes he can thrive by learning from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo
Jese Rodriguez has slammed Jose Mourinho for not giving him enough opportunities to shine at Real Madrid, claiming that he deserves a more prominent role.

The 20-year-old winger is considered one of los Blancos' brightest prospects but, despite making 38 appearances and scoring 22 times for the reserves last season, did not turn out once for the senior team.

And Rodriguez believes that the Chelsea manager overlooked the club's youngsters during his three-year reign at the Bernabeu.

"Maybe last year club thought that they don't need to have more youth players and Mourinho thought he needed to sign players from outside the club," he told AS.

"I think maybe I deserved more opportunities. Anyway this was what Mourinho thought and he isn't here now, so let's what will happen in the future and what the new coach thinks."

Rodriguez went on to say that he thoroughly enjoys the atmosphere at the Santiago Beranbeu and that he hopes to learn from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo.

"[Alberto] Toril, as with [Aitor] Karanka, has been instrumental in my career thanks to his work this season and has taught me a lot training with me every day.

"I have a very good relationship with all the first team players - Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, Alvaro Morata, Xabi Alonso. I've spent the most time with Ramos.

"I look up to Cristiano Ronaldo in the dressing room. It's impossible not to. He's one of best players in the world and I have a lot to learn from him."