The midfielder is due to fall out of contract at the end of the season and there is no sign of him penning a new one as yet, with a host of top European clubs showing an interest.
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Liverpool and Arsenal are all said to be in the hunt, while Schalke have not given up all hope of him penning a new deal with them.
Whatever happens, it looks as though all will become a lot clearer in the new year.
"There doesn’t exist a deadline, but I think we are in the final phase," the player revealed when quizzed about the situation. "The final decision will be made in January."