Atletico Madrid re-signed the Brazilian playmaker in January on a temporary six-month deal to help bolster the squad as the team competed on two fronts. After another impressive spell, including a crucial away goal against FC Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals, the former FC Porto star is resigned to his imminent exit. Nevertheless, Ribas has mainly been used as a substitute and manager Diego Simeone’s decision to only start him in four La Liga matches demonstrates his uncertainty over the midfielder. Simeone has his sight sets on other midfield targets in the summer, with his preferred choice being Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic, who has been attracting interest from Liverpool and Chelsea. The 29-year-old is not in the Argentine’s long-term plans and is almost certain to leave when his contract expires on 30 June, according to AS. Ribas has the opportunity to add a Champions League title to his name before he moves on, as Atletico face rivals Real Madrid in Lisbon on 24 May.