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The eternal flop in perpetual search for stability. This is how we could sum up the career of Jesé Rodriguez. Trained at Real Madrid and initially announced as a crack in Spanish football, the striker never knew how to confirm the hopes placed in him on the other side of the Pyrenees after his serious knee injury. His transfer to PSG, in exchange for €25 million in the summer of 2016, will remain as the only truly significant event in his career. Since then, Jesé struggles. After having chained loans (Las Palmas, Stoke City, Real Betis, Sporting CP) without ever winning at the Parc des Princes, he left France free as air in December 2020.
Not everything is going as planned in Turkey
His return to Las Palmas (February 2021-July 2022) had turned sour, especially as he publicly criticized his coach after narrowly missing out on promotion to La Liga. Often more talked about for extra-sports than his performances in the field, like his desire to create his own reality TV show, or with his rap pieces, Jesé had subsequently found a club in Turkey. He had signed up for a season (plus an optional extra) with MKE Ankaragücü, Turkish D2 champions and therefore promoted to the Süper Lig this year.
Jesé’s adventure in the land of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan does not really go as planned. While Ankaragücü ranks 13th (out of 19) after 15 championship days, and the former Spanish international Espoirs took part in 14 Süper Lig matches (only 6 starts), for two small goals scored and an assist delivered. Jesé, who nevertheless planted 3 pawns (+ 1 “dice” pass) in 2 Turkish Cup matches, is not one of the first choices of his coach Ömer Erdoğan, who is under direct pressure from supporters to play their star.
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Jesé already wants to leave and could bounce back… in Azerbaijan
Something to wake him up to his desires to leave. AS indicates that Jesé, who has never played a full game this season, is not happy with his situation in the team. For example, he should start on the bench this Wednesday, during the shock against Galatasaray, even if he believes that his recent performances should have guaranteed him a starting place. If Ankaragücü is soon to meet Jesé’s agent to decide on his case, the Spaniard may well have already found his future destination.
Jesé would indeed be very close to reaching an agreement with Sabah FC, in Azerbaijan, according to the local media Postponement. The 29-year-old striker has already found common ground on many points with the current 2nd in the Azerbaijani championship, behind FK Qarabag. The transfer of the former PSG player could take place soon. It remains to know the opinion of Ankaragücü in this story, even if the fact that the coach of the Turkish club is not an unconditional fan of Jesé could weigh in the balance. One thing is certain: El Bichito has not finished making people talk about him, even less surprising.