Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has raised the possibility of Spanish midfielder Gaizka Mendieta leaving the club before the end of the season to head to the USA.
The 32-year-old schemer has failed to hit the heights since joining Boro in the summer of 2003 and had been linked with a return to his homeland in the January transfer window.
However, despite no deal failing to materialise, Southgate still expects Mendieta to leave in the near future.
He told the club's official website: "Gaizka is still part of the squad. Whether he will stay for the remainder of the season remains to be seen.
"There's something happening in the USA that may be a possibility, but I don't know whether he will be able to do something during the season."
Meanwhile, Jonathan Woodgate has confirmed that while a fee has been agreed with Real Madrid, he has yet to put pen to paper on a deal to turn his loan into a permanent deal.
The England defender stated: "Nothing has changed as the clubs agreed a permanent deal in August.
"As planned, I will make a decision on my future in June. I don't really know what I'm going to do."