It seems to be like a ritual now for the Italian media, but every time a transfer window opens, Keisuke Honda appears to be on his way out from AC Milan.

Regardless of the manager, the Japanese midfielder always seems to be on the verge of leaving the San Siro, and always manages to somehow stay for another season.

This year was no different, and while the offers didn’t come from big Premier League clubs like Tottenham, there was still some interest from England, according to Calciomercato.

The Italian website reveal that both Sunderland and Crystal Palace made enquiries for the 30-year-old, but never went any further.

The player also got requests from Germany, Spain and even from the MLS, but for some reason, he still hasn’t left.

It appears that the new ownership, whenever it’s made official, will make the decision to either keep or sell Honda, but Calciomercato say the player only appears to be interested in clubs playing in Europe.

There are two options here: a contract renewal, or a thank you note and see you later from AC Milan.

Maybe January will offer some answers?