Atletico Madrid news: Jan Oblak opens up on a possible move to the Premier League
What's the story?
Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has lifted the lid on a probable move to the Premier League, as it 'interesting and attractive.' Although he is happy to have remained at the Wanda Metropolitano, the glove man hasn't ruled out a switch to England.
In case you didn't know...
The Slovenian shot-stopper joined his current club Atletico Madrid in 2014 and has been a regular starter since then. He helped Los Rojiblancos to a second-place finish in LaLiga and Europa League win last season. In 2016, they lost out in the finals of the Champions League.
The 26-year-old rejected a chance to sign for Chelsea in the summer last season as a replacement for Thibaut Courtois, who was bound to join Atletico's cross city rivals Real Madrid. His current contract expires in 2021, but the team from the capital are looking to tie him down to a fresh deal.
The heart of the matter
Oblak spoke to FourFourTwo for their latest February edition and when asked about why the move to Chelsea over the summer did not materialize, he said:
"I can't talk too much about [why a move to Chelsea didn't materialise], but I said in the summer that Id prefer to stay."
"I didn’t speak with any clubs – my agent and the people at Atletico do those things. I decided to stay as I saw a good project here, and I believe the best way I can win titles is by staying."
The Slovenian didn't hesitate to appreciate the Premier League and added:
"The Premier League is interesting. It’s attractive, and at some stage, I may want to be part of that competition. I can see myself there, but I don’t know when – maybe next year, in two years, five or 10."
Atletico Madrid are currently second in the league, five points behind Barcelona and if they have to challenge for the coveted trophy, Jan Oblak will have to be at his supreme best.