Real Madrid defender Christoph Metzelder does not expect his contract to be extended at the Bernabeu.
The German centre-half has played just one La Liga match all season for Los Merengues and his current deal is set to expire in the summer.
Metzelder, who joined Madrid in 2007 after leaving Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer, admits the Spanish giants are unlikely to extend his stay at the club.
"All us players have hope but you also have to be realistic and I don't think the club will renew my contract," he said.
"These have been two and a half complicated years for me, but I don't want to talk about that.
"It is the coach who makes these decisions and as a player I have to accept it.
"I am professional and for that reason I will work until the end of the season and we'll see if I return to playing or not."
The 29-year-old Germany international may well have only made one appearance in the Spanish top flight so far this campaign, but he does not want to leave Madrid during the January transfer window.
"I don't think it's the right date to change clubs," he added. "Moreover, in Germany the teams will not pay a transfer for a player who five months later will be free.
"In any case, I am a player who always completes his contracts."