Atletico Madrid seems to be on the verge of parting ways with coach Gregorio Manzano after his agent visited the club on Thursday with the aim of ending his contract.

Manuel Garcia Quilon visited the Vicente Calderon stadium and was quoted in Spanish media as saying: ''We've been called to discuss a possible termination of the contract. We've expressed what we want and now it's up to them to decide.''

uilon expected the situation to be resolved by the end of Thursday, according to Onda Madrid radio.

Atletico was eliminated from the Copa del Rey on Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to third-tier Albacete, which embarrassed the topflight club by winning the fourth round series 3-1 on aggregate.

Atletico is 10th in the league, four points above the relegation zone.