Making money on Alan Judge is not as much of a concern for Brentford as getting him fit and playing again.

So says head coach Dean Smith, after the crocked Bees playmaker was forced to defend himself on Twitter last week.

Sky Sports claimed Judge had said he would prefer a move in the summer, when he is out of contract and Brentford would not get a fee for him, rather than in January.

Judge took to social media to say he had made no such claim, but it does not change the fact that the club will stand to lose out on millions if he moves for free in August.

However, Smith's only concern is getting a player who has been out injured for nine months back playing again.

He said: “The club just want to help Alan get fit, we want to get him back on the training ground. We're not looking to make money on him, we just want him fit and functioning.

“He's been a big part of the club before he got that unfortunate injury, and we all just want to see him back.

“I think he will be here until the end of the season, and hopefully will get a dozen or so games in for us before then.”

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