Real Madrid general director Jose Angel Sanchez has confirmed that Tottenham made an offer for Mateo Kovacic in the summer transfer window.

Spanish outlet AS reported in the summer that the European giants had rejected a £21.9million bid from Spurs for Kovacic, 23, and it seems now that Los Blancos still have no plans to sell the Croatia international.

It was understood that Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was a big fan of the player as he looked to bring him to North London but he may now have to end his hopes of signing him up all together.

Real Madrid chief Sanchez has asserted that the club will “never” sell the dazzling playmaker, even though he has been somewhat of a fringe player at the Bernabeu, playing second fiddle to Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

He has made just six appearances across all competitions this season and is currently on the verge of returning to action after a two-month lay-off due to an injured thigh.

The ex-Inter Milan was on the bench against Malaga at the weekend and could soon start featuring again in Zinedine Zidane’s side, but that could be unlikely due to the quality of Modrid and Kroos.

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However that hasn’t stopped Sanchez from asserting that Kovacic is going absolutely nowhere.

“Kovacic is not for sale, we will never sell him!” he told Croatian news outlet Sportske Novosti, as translated by Goal.

“If there are any offers for him in January, we will reject them. Last summer there were a lot of offers and questions about him.

“Juventus and AC Milan didn’t send offers, but Inter must have sent one. There was one from England, it was Tottenham.”

Kovacic has made 79 appearances in total since joining Real Madrid in 2015 from Inter Milan.

The midfielder, who is known for his mastery of passing, has been a fringe player in the side though and only started 19 of the 38 La Liga games last season.

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