Stoke City add to their Champions League winning number

Stoke City now have more Champions League winners than any other club in England, having taken Jese Rodriguez from Paris Saint-Germain on loan.

The 24-year-old was an unused substitute when Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico in the 2016 Champions League final, and also collected a winners medal when two years previously when the two sides also met in the showpiece match. During his five-year stay with Los Blancos, he made 94 appearances in all competitions and scored 18 times.

But as Jese struggled to establish himself as a first team regular at the club he grew up with, he accepted a move to the French capital last summer. PSG paid around £20million for his signature, but he failed to make an impression in Ligue 1, scoring once in nine matches before he returned to Spain to see out the season on loan at Las Palmas.

He scored three goals in 16 matches for his hometown club, but they decided not to take him on a permanent transfer. This has allowed Mark Hughes the opportunity to sign the forward on a season-long loan deal, which in turn has resulted in the Potteries club allowing Joselu to leave for top-flight rivals Newcastle United in a £5million transfer.

Jese becomes the fifth Champions League winner in the first team squad at the Britannia Stadium, more than any other club in England. He joins Darren Fletcher who won it at Manchester United, Xherdan Shaqiri who tasted success at Bayern Munich, and Bojan Krkic and Ibrahim Afellay, both of whom won the giant pot at Barcelona.

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