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Oblak to Chelsea: Simeone comments on a potential deal happening

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Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak has recently been linked with a move to Chelsea. Head coach Diego Simeone has his say on the transfer speculation.

Diego Simeone is not surprised by rumoured interest in Jan Oblak but hopes the goalkeeper will remain at Atletico Madrid.

The Slovenian is highly rated by many and is even described as the best goalkeeper in the world. The 27-year-old has seen yet another assured performance in goal for Los Rojiblancos this season.

Oblak has conceded only 26 goals after 36 La Liga games, guiding his side to a secured top four finish.

It pales in comparison with Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga who has looked shaky in goal this term. The 25-year-old has made lot of high-profile mistakes so far and is part of a faltering Chelsea defence that has conceded 49 goals after 36 games.

The Blues are reportedly looking for an able replacement and that’s where Jan Oblak comes in.

Speculation suggests Chelsea could look to involve Kepa Arrizabalaga in player-plus-cash deal that would see the Atletico goalie move the other way.

Diego Simeone is not surprised about interest in Oblak (given his quality) and can only hope the 27-year-old remains at the club.

“It does not surprise me, every year our most important players are wanted by the best in the world,” the Atletico boss said as quoted by Goal.

“It is normal to always look for the best – and we have many. Some have left and others have stayed.

“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.”

Simeone was further asked on whether the goalkeeper could leave but he kept to his earlier remarks.

“I repeat the same thing: it is normal that they want a goalkeeper of his characteristics and value.”

“It does not surprise me. He is decisive and important in the dressing room year after year. He has evolved in every way, as a goalkeeper and within the group.”

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