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Jese Rodriguez not eager for Paris Saint-Germain return

Jese joined home club Las Palmas on loan for the remainder of the season.

Jese Rodriguez will be reluctant to return to Paris Saint-Germain once his loan move to Las Palmas expires this summer because of limited first-team opportunities.

The Spanish forward joined home club Las Palmas on Tuesday -- the deadline for transfers for the remainder of the season.

The 23-year-old made just nine Ligue 1 appearances for PSG and only one of those was a start after arriving from Real Madrid in a €25 million deal last summer.

Under contract with PSG until June 2021, Jese told Cadena Ser radio: "I haven't been given the opportunity to play. I have not played under Emery...I have a five-year contract with PSG and I will have to return but it's clear that I would not like to.

"It's no one's fault. Unai has faith in other players, he has his 11 and he doesn't change."

Jese turned down several offers from European clubs, including one from Middlesbrough, when he accepted a big cut in wages and signed for Las Palmas.

"I need to be close to my family, to my people," the Las Palmas-born player said. "I'm a man of my word and I told [Las Palmas president Miguel Angel] Ramirez that if I left PSG, I would go to Las Palmas.

"It's the perfect time to come, I need to play and have continuity. I think things are going to go well for me."

Jese received a hero's welcome with around 9,000 Las Palmas fans turning out to his unveiling at the Gran Canaria stadium on Tuesday evening.

"It was unforgettable," Jese said. "I haven't come here on holiday. I'm going to die for this jersey."

Jese joins a Las Palmas side that has taken 28 points in 20 games and is 11th in La Liga.

"We have to aim high," he said. "We have a good coach [Quique Setien], good players. We can take a step forward.

"We are six points away from the European [qualifying] places. It's difficult, but we have to be ambitious."

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.


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