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Jota happy with strong finish to the season, as well as award win

Spaniard speaks after Brentford's Player of the Year awards

11 May 2017

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Jota took time after the Player of the Year awards on Sunday 7 May to reflect upon the 2016/17 season. He spoke about his comeback, collecting two prizes on the night and also discussed his contract extension. Firstly, he discussed the 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers that wasn't enough to see the away side avoid relegation.

"I think today was a bad game," said Jota. "I think we played well but when the other team play to avoid going down but you play for nothing maybe you are relaxed at stages in the game. I think we needed more motivation in that last game, but the season was very good for the team.

"We finished in the top ten, we can't go to the play-offs but I think another season in the Championship for Brentford is good for the Club."

Jota arrived back in West London alongside last season's loan star Sergi Canos. The winger, who spent the first half of the season with Norwich City, has placed on record how much he enjoyed coming back to Griffin Park. His fellow countryman was quick to offer the same message of thanks.

"Me and Sergi are like brothers," said Jota. "We have a very good relationship but we have a good relationship with the team and all the players. The changing room is amazing and my comeback was incredible because every player helped me with everything. I have confidence and we are very happy to stay at Brentford because it can be difficult when you're not in your home country and there aren't people to help you.

"When you play in front of our fans it becomes more easy because everything I do they like. I want to say thanks for all the love they send me and it's been a pleasure being a Brentford player for these last five months."

The Player of the Year awards that took place in the evening after the Blackburn match saw the 25-year-old sweep up both Goal of the Season as well as the coveted Hottie of the Year trophy.

"Hottie of the Year is important, I think," joked the Spaniard. "The awards are always good but the most important aspect of this season was that we finished at a top level. The team had great players and it was really important that we finished the league off at that top level. The awards are always good for you, and I'm delighted but obviously they come second to football."

Jota then took time to explain his contract situation. It was announced last Sunday that Brentford had triggered the option on the winger's contract into the 2017/18 season. As Jota did his best to explain, he won't rule out a longer term deal.

"We've had an extension to my contract," said Jota. "Brentford have taken the option. Now I need to talk with my agent and Brentford because we have some offers and the option only extends it for a year. This year I was very happy but I need to talk with Brentford about what happens this summer.

"I enjoyed this season a lot, I think everyday at the training ground with the team is like we are a family. Really, the last few months I had in Spain, I wasn't enjoying the football and when I came in I enjoyed maybe my five best months in football."

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