Brentford midfielder Jota will only be allowed to leave the club if a Premier League side come in with a ‘massive bid’, according to the club’s head coach Dean Smith.
Jota was left out of Brentford’s matchday squad for their first friendly of pre-season against Aldershort, and according to a report by the Evening Standard, at least one bid from a top flight team is expected shortly for the 26-year-old who has only a year left on his current deal at Griffin Park.
Smith has warned potential suitors, believed to be Newcastle and West Ham United, that Brentford would hold out for a high fee, reportedly in excess of £8 million, for the Spaniard.
“I had a chat with Jota yesterday,” Smith told reporters at his post-match press conference. “His agent has told him that there is a bid imminent from a Premier League team and it has to be a massive bid.
“He and his representatives know that. His affection for the football club is second to none.
“He won’t go to a Championship team because, it sounds corny, but like John Terry he doesn’t want to play against Brentford.
“We understand that the Premier League is where a lot of young footballers want to play now and our aim is to get there.
“He’s been no problem at all. He’s happy to play for Brentford, if nothing comes that is acceptable to the football club.”
Brentford ran out 5-1 winners in their first run out of the season as Reece Cole, Sergi Canos and Florian Jozefzoon all made the scoresheet for the Bees.
Jota was Brentford’s top performer per 90 minutes in the Championship last season
The 26-year-old only featured in 21 matches for Brentford last season but made an impact whenever he was given the chance by Dean Smith.
Only three players registered more assists than Jota (5) over the course of the season, while the Spaniard laid on a further 24 chances for his teammates.