Diego Simeone and the Atletico board were reportedly desperate to keep the England international, but the lure of a Premier League return and a lucrative contract at St James Park has proved too strong.
I thought we improved and were slightly more aggressive without being cavalier.
The Premier League side reportedly had a £30million bid for Lille defender Sven Botman rejected, with James Tarkowski another reported target.
They had shown the video and glimpse of their special day that took place years before.
In his first season he had to compete with the big star Kyle Walker at the right back position.
Information from Reuters was included in this report.
The proposed deal would be a loan with an obligation for Atletico to make the deal permanent.
He wore the captains armband against Villa and.