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Jesé part of Stoke’s plans, claims Hughes

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There have been rumours that the striker will return to Ligue 1.

Stoke City head coach Mark Hughes is adamant that Jesé Rodriguez is still part of his future plans for the club regardless of all the speculations linking him with a move in January. Various report suggest that the 24-year-old will cut his loan short and return to the Parisians, given that he has featured just twice for the Potters since October, coming in as a substitute against Crystal Palace and Liverpool.

The Potters boss admitted that the striker still has some work to do in order to be completely ready to return back to full action.

“We’re not quite sure how much work he’s been able to do,” Hughes said as quoted by Goal. “It’s been difficult for him as he’s been in hospital for most of that time. He’s not quite where he needs to be to be a factor for us. He might get back to the level he needs to be at very soon, hopefully.”

However, Hughes revealed that Jesé is part of his future plans once fully fit.

“Clearly the Premier League is where he wants to be, with us,” Hughes added. “It’s just unfortunate because of his family circumstances that he hasn’t been able to commit to what he’s needed to do here to be effective for us.

“You have to understand it’s something that couldn’t have been avoided. It seems like his family situation is settling down so he might be able to refocus now for a decent length of time.”