"Sami Khedira's days at Real Madrid are numbered," that is the view of Spanish publication MARCA, who reacted to the news that the World Cup winning German midfielder was omitted from both the starting XI and the substitutes' bench in Tuesday evening's Super Cup showdown with Sevilla by speculating that the 27-year-old would soon be heading for an Estadio Santiago Bernabeu exit.
Carlo Ancelotti masterminded the club's first trophy win of the season, as Champions League winners Real outwitted Europa League champions Sevilla by a 2-0 score due to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.
Khedira looked solemn on the sidelines - and his situation may get worse before it gets better as there is no guarantees that he will be sold in the current transfer window.
The defensive-minded athlete, responsible for winning a duel once every 25 minutes whilst on international duty in Brazil earlier this summer, has been pursued by London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, however, both clubs have seemingly cooled their interest in the player over the same reason Real refuse to bow to Khedira's demands - his £150,000 per week wage requests are far too high.
According to MARCA, Ancelotti wanted to "hammer home the fact that he is surplus to requirements."
Real, though, do not want to leave the player off the bench for the entire season and will look to do a deal with an interested party - "even if it is on the last day [of the transfer window]."