Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak was coy about his future when asked directly in an interview about the interest being shown in him from Chelsea.
The Blues are expected to sign Rennes’s Eduoard Mendy instead after being priced out of a move for the Slovenian international, but when asked about a potential move to Stamford Bridge, he did not rule out the possibility:
“I live [for] the day and can’t see the future. It is very difficult to know and it is very difficult to anticipate. And even if I had time to think about what is going to happen, at this point, there is no point in worrying. We all know that we are experiencing [at] a particular moment, things change from one day to the next. We must live like this. You can’t think about things in the long run.”
Oblak’s response is certainly intriguing. The 27-year-old appears to be open to a new challenge in the future but he is being very careful with his words, knowing that he wants to appear committed to Atletico. His €120m (£109m) release clause means the likelihood of leaving the Wanda Metropolitano anytime soon is pretty low.
With Mendy’s impending arrival, Chelsea’s interest in Oblak will certainly dissipate but it could be something that will be revisited if, for any reason, the current crop of goalkeepers do not reach their expected levels over the course of next season.