Smith insists Jota is committed to Brentford
Dean Smith says he has no doubt about Jota’s commitment to Brentford despite interest in the player ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Offers for the Spaniard from Middlesbrough and Hull City have been turned down, while West Ham and Huddersfield are among Premier League clubs to have shown an interest.
Smith said: “He is totally committed. I’ve no doubts about that. He’s trained well and I can’t question his commitment.
“I’m looking forward to Thursday and knowing what kind of squad I’ve got.
“People are courting Jota and we’ve had bids from two different clubs but they’ve not met our valuation and he’s still a Brentford player.”
Bees boss Smith was speaking after his side’s 0-0 draw against Wolves.
Both teams had chances in the stalemate at Griffin Park, but Brentford are still waiting for their first Championship win of the season.
“I thought it was a fair result against probably the best team we have faced so far this season,” said Smith.
“They gave us problems, we gave them problems. But one of our problems has been not scoring when we’re on top.
“There were spells when we were on top and spells when they were on top. I’ve been pleased with the performances of the players and this was a test.”
Smith also admitted that the international break has come at the right time for his players.
“Wolves looked a bit fresher. That was our seventh game in 22 days and the players are ready for that break,” he admitted.