Vicente Guaita watched from the bench amid speculation about his future as Atlético Madrid beat Getafe in an ill-tempered match at the Wanda Metropolitano. The 30-year-old goalkeeper was replaced by Arsenal loanee Emi Martínez, who made his debut for José Bordalás' side.
Guaita out of contract in June
Guaita's contract expires in June and, as such, he is now free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with other clubs ahead of a move for the coming season.
The former-Valencia custodian has been one of the stand-out performers in LaLiga this season, and that has caught the attention of Premier League clubs Watford and Crystal Palace.
Getafe maintain illness caused his absence
Getafe maintain that Guaita suffered a bout of flu in the last few days, and also had a minor finger injury.
Yet the January transfer window represents a final opportunity for Getafe to generate income from the sale of Guaita, if he does not sign a new contact at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez.