Tottenham made a bid for Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic last summer, according to the La Liga club.
The Croatian schemer started Tuesday’s Copa del Rey draw with CF Fuenlabrada and played 81 minutes – his first start since seriously injuring his kneecap in September.
Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez has revealed the club received many offers for the 23-year-old Kovacic last summer, but turned them all away.
“Kovacic is not for sale, we will never sell him” Sanchez told Sportske Novosti.
“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, who signed from Inter for £27million in August 2015, is under contract until 2021