Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has refused to rule out a move to the Premier League, amid reported interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Slovenia international has made himself one of the world’s most coveted goalkeepers in recent seasons. Since moving to Atletico from Benfica in 2014, he has made 298 appearances, keeping 157 clean sheets. Furthermore, he has 36 international caps and is his country’s captain.
Speculation has surrounded his future in recent summer transfer windows, but he has stayed put. Indeed, he reportedly has a release clause worth £102million.
Nevertheless, United and Chelsea have been linked with a swoop this summer. The Red Devils could let David de Gea leave this summer, while Blues owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly gearing up for more big spending.
Speaking in an interview with Spanish football expert Guillem Balague (via Goal) the 28-year-old left the door ajar to a move to the English top flight.
Oblak said: “The Premier League has strong teams. Maybe the strongest. But I think in the end it is what the coach is asking of you. You listen to his instructions.
“You are one of the 11, so you do what he asks of you. All the players on the pitch are thinking like that.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s the Premier League, Italian league, Spanish league, wherever you go you need to do what the coach is asking you to do.”
Oblak has previously met with English opposition during his time at Atletico.
While he could not keep Chelsea out in this season’s Champions League last 16 tie, he put in a remarkable display to deny Liverpool at the same stage last season.
However, Oblak stressed that staying fit for his club and country is his biggest current priority.
Oblak targets many more years
Asked if he could move to the Premier League, he said: “I don’t know. I don’t know what the future will bring, but I am sure that in any league I would play I could play well. You never know what will happen in the future.
“Now I have been in Spain for seven years. Let’s see. I’m still young. Not so young anymore, but I still have some years in front of me.
“The most important thing for me is the hope that I do not suffer any injuries. Let’s see what the future will bring.”
Oblak’s current contract runs out in 2023.