It’s been revealed in The Times that Atletico Madrid’s arguably world-class Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak rejected a late summer window move to Stamford Bridge – because of the lack of Champions League football.
The Blues will instead light-up Thursday night Europa League football instead under Maurizio Sarri this season – and ultimately failing the qualify for Europe’s top tier competition is the reason that Jan Oblak spurned the chance to join, as Thibaut Courtois’ move to Real Madrid materialised.
For fans to know that the club was willing to go as high as £90 million for the 25-year old is encouraging, but will be able to accept the fact that he didn’t want to come for a legitimate reason. The keeper has been named La Liga’s best goalkeeper in two out of the last three seasons.
Since rejecting the chance to move to Chelsea, Oblak has instead signed a new contract with Atletico Madrid – the details of a potential new release clause are not clear, but it would appear the Slovenian has committed his long-term future to Diego Simeone’s side for the long-term.
Chelsea as all the whole football world knows, broke the goalkeeper world-record transfer fee with the £71 million arrival of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao – signing a huge seven-year contract that should see the Spaniard hold the number one jersey at the club for the distant future.
Kepa played his first full game just a couple of days after signing with Chelsea in the club’s 3-0 away victory to open up the Premier League campaign at Huddersfield Town. The clean-sheet will have been encouraging and home fans won’t have to wait long to see the 23-year old in-action – as the Blues host London rivals Arsenal on Saturday August 18th.