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Jese disciplined for walk-out, granted personal leave by Stoke

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Jese Rodriguez has been disciplined, in an undisclosed manner, by Stoke City after the Spanish striker left the bench and stadium upon being an unused substitute during last weekend’s 2-1 victory over Swansea City.

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With 20 minutes left to go in the game, manager Mark Hughes made his second and third substitutions in tandem — Ibrahim Afellay and Ramadan Sobhi replaced Darren Fletcher and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting — at which point Rodriguez, out of frustration, walked down the tunnel and left the bet365 Stadium.

Asked this week whether or not Rodriguez, who has made just two short appearances as a sub in the last six weeks, has apologized to Hughes and the rest of the squad, the Potters’ boss believes the player’s heart is in the right place and that the apology is understood, and accepted, without necessarily being spoken — quotes from the BBC:

“He made a mistake. He’s been disciplined for that. He understands it wasn’t the right decision at that time.”

“Not in so many words because his English isn’t great but he understands that it was incorrect.

“It’s been addressed, we’ve obviously highlighted what he needs to do in the future. He’s a little bit frustrated, he wants to play, as all players do.”

According to the BBC, Rodriguez has also been granted conditional leave in order to travel home to the Canary Islands and be with his son who was born prematurely, in June. As a result, he will be unavailable for Saturday’s trip to Wembley Stadium to take on Tottenham Hotspur (Watch live, 10 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and

Stoke City 1-0 Arsenal: Jese leads Potters to win

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  • New boy Jese scores
  • Arsenal has goal chalked off
  • Gunners have 77% possession
  • First Arsenal loss to Stoke since Dec. 2014

Jese Rodriguez’s second half goal lifted Stoke City to a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday.

Alexandre Lacazette had a late goal controversially ruled offside — it didn’t appear to be — as Arsenal fell ahead of an Aug. 27 trip to Liverpool.

Arsenal also had two sincere calls for penalties go unheeded.

Stoke heads to 2-0 West Brom on the same day.

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Signed on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, Jese had a good early chance when he dribbled into the 18 and hit a left-footed offering that Petr Cech raced to close down.

Arsenal soon settled into expected control of possession, though the first real bit of danger saw Jack Butland stopping a Danny Welbeck effort in the 20th minute. Bellerin drew shouts for a penalty kick moments later.

Stoke had a chance against the run of play when Jese, now on the right, found Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting for a tame chance at Cech.

Butland denied Aaron Ramsey‘s attempt off an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain free kick in the 28th minute.

Choupo-Moting found Shawcross from a dangerous header in the 32nd minute, but the English center back couldn’t get the required mustard nor direction on his attempt.

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Saido Berahino played provider on the 48th minute opener, holding the ball for Jese to race past Nacho Monreal and shoot past Cech.

Butland conceded a corner off a pair of Arsenal chances in the 58th minute, but the Gunners couldn’t do anything with the opportunity.

Berahino came close to making it 2-0 on a break, but Arsenal forced a corner kick.

The Gunners stayed in the match, and a lively Welbeck forced Butland to concede a corner off a good lay-off from substitute Olivier Giroud.

Jese subbed out to solid applause in the 71st minute.

Soon after, a nice bit of combination play resulted in a wrongly ruled-out Lacazette goal. He looked to be onside, but the linesman didn’t see it that way.

Giroud flashed a stoppage time header across the goal but wide in what was Arsenal’s last true chance of the match.

From Madrid, to Paris, to Las Palmas, to Stoke: Jese loaned again

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Spanish forward Jese will attempt to relaunch his stuttering career in England after leaving Paris Saint-Germain to become the latest Champions League winner at Stoke.

The 24-year-old Jese joined Stoke on a season-long loan after failing to settle at PSG following his move from Real Madrid for a reported $29 million in August 2016. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Spanish team Las Palmas.

Stoke, a team from central England that is a perennial mid-table finisher in the Premier League, has become a haven for former high-profile players or one-time prodigies whose careers have stalled.

Since 2014, forwards Bojan Krkic and Ibrahim Afellay have joined from Barcelona while ex-Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has arrived from Inter Milan. They all have Champions League winners’ medals, as does ex-Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher, who was an offseason signing from West Bromwich Albion.

Most were back-ups for their clubs in their Champions League-winning campaigns, with Jese an unused substitute for Real in its victory over Atletico Madrid in the 2016 final.

“Jese was a man in demand when PSG made it clear they would allow him to leave on loan and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us,” Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes said. “He hasn’t had the happiest of periods in his career in Paris, but he’s still only a young man and is hungry to make a big impression in the Premier League.”

Jese will play out wide and is viewed as a replacement for Marko Arnautovic, who left Stoke this offseason to join West Ham. Stoke also sold Spanish striker Joselu to Newcastle for an undisclosed fee on Wednesday.

Stoke announced the arrival of Jese in a tweet that included audio clips from pundits in the British media saying the club lacked ambition and would struggle in the Premier League this season.

The team managed by Mark Hughes lost 1-0 at Everton in its opening league game of the season on Saturday.

Jese was a highly rated youngster at Real Madrid and made his La Liga debut under coach Jose Mourinho in 2012. He mostly played for Real’s reserve team and sustained a serious knee injury in March 2014, ruling him out for nine months.

He signed a five-year deal with PSG last summer but started only one league game, with another eight appearances as substitute.

Although technically skilled, Jese has not played so far this season and does not figure in coach Unai Emery’s plans — although the deal with Stoke does not include an option to buy him. At Las Palmas, Jese scored three goals in 13 games.

Jese is Stoke’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window.

Karanka hopeful to convince Jese to ditch PSG for Boro loan

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This would be quite a pull for Aitor Karanka.

The ex-Real Madrid assistant and current Middlesbrough boss could be close to bringing Jese Rodriguez to the Riverside Stadium on loan for the club’s safety push.

Rodriguez, 23, has two goals in 14 matches for PSG since arriving from Real Madrid this summer. He averaged six goals over the past three seasons in a part-time role for Real, but left for playing time.

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He’d find it at Boro, and now it’s Karanka’s job to make the reunion go from theory to practice.

“Jese” can play anywhere in a front three, though he is often deployed on the left wing. Karanka has used a lot of 4-2-3-1 and 4-1-4-1 though he used a 4-3-3 against West Ham, with Cristhian Stuani on the left.

Only Alvaro Negredo (5) has scored more goals than Stuani’s four for goal-hungry Boro. Jese could slot into the middle of the three in a 4-2-3-1.

Winning start for Jese as PSG beats Bastia to open Ligue 1

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BASTIA, Corsica (AP) — Striker Jese helped set up a goal in his first game for Paris Saint-Germain as the defending French champion started its bid for a fifth straight league title with a 1-0 win Friday at Bastia.

Defender Layvin Kurzawa struck in the 74th minute after winger Angel Di Maria put Jese through. The Spaniard’s shot was blocked by Bastia goalkeeper Jean-Louis Leca before Kurzawa scored from close range.

PSG, which secured the domestic treble in the last two seasons, is expected to dominate the league again this year after recruiting five new players this summer including Hatem Ben Arfa and Jese.

Unai Emery, PSG’s new coach, stayed faithful to the 4-2-3-1 system he used last weekend in the 4-1 win over Lyon in the Champions Trophy, the traditional curtain raiser to the French season.

Ben Arfa played up front, with Lucas and Angel Di Maria deployed on the wings while Javier Pastore operated in a No. 10 position.

Ben Arfa, who joined from Nice during the offseason, made little impact as PSG dominated the first half but struggled to create dangerous attacking moves. The first half’s best chance fell to Bastia forward Enzo Crivelli, who fired a right-footed shot inches wide in the 20th minute after a cross from Allan Saint-Maximin.

In the absence of out-of-form Edinson Cavani, Jese came off the bench as a replacement for Ben Arfa. The former Real Madrid striker left a good impression in his maiden game for PSG, creating a chance that Serge Aurier could not convert before being involved in the decisive move.

Without the injured Radamel Falcao, Monaco had a stuttering start before rallying from a two-goal deficit to secure a 2-2 home draw against Guingamp in the other game played Friday.

After Moustapha Diallo and Sloan Privat gave Guingamp a 2-0 lead with first-half goals at Louis-II stadium, Fabinho pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 70th minute after Bernardo Silva was fouled.

Silva, who missed Portugal’s European Championship victory due to injury, scored with six minutes left when he connected with a back pass from Nabil Dirar to salvage a point.