And agent Jorge Mendes is now working on relocating his client to England, where he is currently spending this week.
Just last week, Atletico coach Diego Simeone said: "The facts speak for themselves, better than words. It is certain that he has not been able to show all his qualities.
"Each time that he has been available, I have tried to play him. I have always been enthusiastic about his qualities as a player.
"He has not met the expectations set for him, but we have always had the same expectations.
"Today, who is to know if he will stay or not. His representatives are working hard. The clubs, they operate on what they need."