Independiente have revealed that they turned down a Real Madrid offer for attacker Martin Benitez.
Benitez, 21, made his senior debut for the Argentine club in 2011 after coming through the academy ranks.
Club vice president Noray Nakis said Real had offered to buy him and then send him out on loan, saying he did not believe that would be the right course of action for the player.
"He is a very important player for us," Nakis told AS. "We do not accept the offer from Madrid for them to then send him on loan to another club.
"Madrid want him to go to another club to get more experience.
"But Martin is very good and he has potential, so because of that, if he leaves he must go there directly to play."