Real Sociedad (@RealSociedadEN) August 26, 2015
He now returns to his former club Real Sociedad, however, after making 59 appearances in his two years at the Bernabeu, to link up with ex-Manchester United boss David Moyes.
Tottenham’s quest for a holding midfielder looks set to rumble into the final few days of the window, with the latest linked being Jeremy Clement of Saint Etienne.
Liverpool, meanwhile, were thought to be eyeing up a replacement for Lucas, but handed the Brazilian a start against Arsenal on Monday and could yet persevere with the 28-year old.
Tottenham's need is arguably the more pressing, with Eric Dier - converted from his natural centre-back role - currently the club's only defensive-minded option in midfield.