Following the arrival of Brazilian right-back Danilo from FC Porto, plus the growing importance of Dani Carvajal at Real Madrid, the future of Alvaro Arbeloa at the Santiago Bernabeu has become uncertain.
At the weekend, The Sunday Times suggested that West Ham United are interested in Arbeloa, conscious that the wealth of experience the player has at the highest level of the game, could prove an excellent addition to their team.
Although the reports from England indicated the 32-year-old World Cup winner might be interested in a switch to The Hammers, contrasting views have emerged from Spain.
Whilst regular action for Arbeloa during the 2015-16 season at Real Madrid is looking complicated, according to radio network Cadena COPE, Arbeloa is set to snub any offers received this summer, in order to stay with Los Blancos and fight for his place.
The Spanish radio network also believe that Arbeloa has made that intention perfectly clear to new Real Madrid boss, Rafa Benitez, who he also worked with during a previous spell in the Premier League at Liverpool.
During the 2014-15 season, Arbeloa still made a total of 35 appearances in all competitions, and despite the competition from Carvajal and Danilo, he still feels he has a role to play with Real Madrid.
As such, the player intends on proving his worth to Benitez during pre-season with Real Madrid. With that intention, it's only by being told he's surplus to requirements, that could lead to Arbeloa considering other offers and only towards the end of the summer transfer window.
Given that West Ham have other irons in the fire, whether they're prepared to wait that long for the Spaniard to consider what they have to offer, remains to be seen.