Brentford head coach Dean Smith confirmed that he left Jota out because of a reported imminent bid from a Premier League club.
The Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move away from Griffin Park throughout the summer but will not be leaving for a fellow second tier side.
He told GetWestLondon: “I had a chat with Jota yesterday. 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.
“He's happy to do that but there's no way I was going to risk him today. He's worked really hard in a conditioning session.”
Of course, the phrase 'imminent bid' has been heard at Brentford before with the Scott Hogan transfer saga in January however the Brentford boss doesn't believe that will happen.
He added: “It won't do because of the person that Jota is. He won't allow that to happen.
“If something doesn't happen very soon he'll say I'm staying at Brentford because of his affection for the club.”
Jota, though, will be travelling to the club's pre-season training camp in France tomorrow (Saturday).
Smith said: “He's normal. He's happy to come. He's trained really well for two weeks and is a big part of the squad.
“He enjoys being part of the squad and his training. He can't help that he has suitors.”