Jese thankful after Real return

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The Spaniard played for the first time in eight months on Tuesday when he came off the bench during the final 34 minutes of Madrid’s 5-0 Copa del Rey triumph over third division side Cornella at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

The 21-year-old, who had been out of action since sustaining a crucial ligament injury in his right knee in March, received a standing ovation when he wrapped up Madrid’s win in the 77th minute.

“I am very happy to be back and to have scored,” Jese told Real’s official website. “I dedicate my goal to the fans because they haven’t stopped supporting me.

“The fans love me a lot and I love them too.

“It has been emotional to return to the team.

“I will keep this jersey and it could be even more special than the one of my debut.”

A youth product of Madrid, Jese broke into Carlo Ancelotti’s team last season and scored five goals and set up another four in 18 league appearances before his impressive campaign was cut short when getting hurt in a Champions League match against Schalke.

“It has been many months of suffering,” Jese said. “I missed my team and to score goals.

“Everyone has helped me a lot, the fans, the president, the coach and my team-mates.

“I am very thankful to my team, to the doctors and the physiotherapists.

“We are a family and they are all wonderful human beings.

“Now I have to continue to work in order to improve physically.”

Tuesday’s victory was Madrid’s 10th consecutive win in the Copa del Rey, and the holders will play Atletico Madrid or Hospitalet in the last 16 of the competition.

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