'There will be time to talk': Oblak responds after reported Chelsea interest

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak said he will consider his options at the end of the season after being questioned about Chelsea’s reported interest in him.

The 27-year-old has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as a potential replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga who has had a poor season [Goal].

Ahead of Atletico’s Champions League quarter-final against RB Leipzig, Oblak said he is still focusing on their season but also admitted that the door for a potential summer exit from Wanda Metropolitano is open.

Responding to a question about Chelsea’s reported interest, he told AS: “This is not the time for that, now it’s Leipzig.

“I’ll assess the season when the last game is over, and hopefully we’ll have three more games left to play.

“Then there will be time after that to talk. But first, Leipzig. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Chelsea may have to pay his release clause which is worth a staggering €120million (£110m) to force any contract talk if Atletico refuse to sell.

Atletico boss Diego Simeone spoke to the media about Chelsea’s reported interest in Oblak last month (via Goal): “It does not surprise me, every year our most important players are wanted by the best in the world.

“It is logical and normal that anyone wants Oblak. He is our captain and an important player.

“I hope we can count on his work, which is enormous for Atleti.”

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The Slovenia international finished the La Liga season with 17 clean sheets from 38 appearances (44.7% clean sheet rate), which would be a massive upgrade compared to Arrizabalaga’s eight clean sheets from 33 games (24.2% rate).

Last year he signed a new contract which ties him to Atletico until 2023.

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