Mark Warburton's transfer plans take blow as Jota stays put

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

The Spaniard looks set to remain at Brentford after failing to impress at Eibar.

Rangers’ January transfer plans may have taken a huge hit with Jota claiming on Twitter that he is excited at the prospect at rejuvenating his Brentford career.

According to the Daily Record, the intelligent Spanish midfielder was at the top of Mark Warburton’s New Year wishlist having enjoyed a dazzling debut season under the former Bees boss at Griffin Park in 2014/15.


Jota had spent the first half of the season on loan at Eibar after falling out of favour after Warburton’s exit in the summer of 2015, however, though he struggled to make an impact at Ipurua at and is expected to terminate the temporary deal in January.

Brentford's Jota celebrates after he scores their second goal

However, in a surprising twist in developments, the 25-year-old now looks likely to remain at Brentford past the transfer window rather than attempting to rejuvenate his career north of the border.

“We know the supporters love him and there's a mutual affection there," Bees boss Dean Smith said in quotes reported by the Daily Record. "I spoke to him three or four weeks ago and he's looking forward to it. We're excited to have him back from his first spell with us.

“He's sorted his personal problems out but the big thing for me was he expressed a desire to come back.”

And the player himself appears to have committed his immediate future to the mid-table Championship side on Twitter.

This presents a major blow to Warburton, with Jota having purported to add goals and creativity to Rangers’ midfield as they look to secure second place in the Scottish Premiership table.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Furthermore, this comes just a few days after The Express reported that former Liverpool youngster Sergi Canos, a well-balanced, creative Spaniard in the mould of Jota, would prefer to fight for his place at Norwich than make the move to Ibrox.

Therefore, it will be interesting to see what Warburton’s next move will be as he aims to enhance his squad in January.

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