Sporting Lisbon have ended Jesé Rodríguez’s loan spell in Portugal – with an all-too familiar blast from the local media to send him on his way.
The former Stoke City loan flop has been conspicuous by his absence as Sporting have returned to training with major restrictions this week.
Sporting have now confirmed that they have agreed with Paris St-Germain that they will not keep the forward, aged 27. He is expected to train alone rather than return to France.
Observador write in a withering farewell: “Jesé’s ‘commitment’ did not arrive. Seventeen games, one goal and a dismissal ahead of time. The cost? 2,674 euros per minute.”
Yannick Bolasie has also had his loan deal prematurely ended. The winger returns to Everton.
Sporting’s new training methods take on board recommendations from the Portuguese government. No player is allowed within 10 metres of a teammate and all arrived from home with all their gear rather than using changing rooms.
The club had already made it clear they were not going to follow up on an option with Jese to make their loan signing permanent.
He has struggled in football since a knee injury derailed his breakthrough at Real Madrid. A big money move to PSG did not work out and they have also sent him on loan to Las Palmas, Stoke and Real Betis.
A dream debut at Stoke saw him score the winner against Arsenal but he then spent large chunks of the season back in Madrid, even trolling fans with a picture of himself AWOL in bed on a day when he was due to return to training.
He went on record during his time in Spain to insist he wasn’t fat.