Diego Simeone has cast doubt over Fernando Torres staying at Atletico Madrid beyond the end of the season.
With the arrival of Diego Costa in January, Torres has fallen further down the Atletico pecking order with Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro also vying for a starting role.
Torres’ contract expires at the end of the season and asked whether he would try to convince him to stay beyond this campaign, Simeone said ‘no’, according to AS.
The 33-year-old has only started two La Liga games for Atletico this season and has scored five goals in 27 appearances in all competitions.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker returned to his boyhood club in January 2015 on loan from AC Milan, before the move was made permanent that summer.
Atletico are in Europa League action on Thursday against Danish side Copenhagen, hosting the second leg of the last-32 tie at the Wanda Metropolitano and leading 4-1.
They dropped into Europe’s second-tier club competition after finishing third in Champions League Group C, behind Chelsea and Roma.
Atletico are favourites to win the tournament but while their European campaign this season has been underwhelming, they have exceeded expectations domestically.
Simeone’s squad sit second in La Liga, seven points behind leaders Barcelona but also seven points ahead of third-placed Real Madrid.
Following their Europa League match, they return to La Liga action on Sunday away to Sevilla, who drew 0-0 with Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.