Turnaway Chelsea fans, Jan Oblak has opened up on why he turned down Chelsea last summer.
“I can’t talk too much about [why a move to Chelsea didn’t materialise], but I said in the summer that I’d prefer to stay. I didn’t speak with any clubs – my agent and the people at Atlético do those things. I decided to stay as I saw a good project here, and I believe the best way I can win titles is by staying.”
Ouch! Winning titles has been a primary target of the Roman Abramovich era at Chelsea and to see players turn down a chance to join the Blues to win trophies will be a rather bad indication of Chelsea’s fading grace amongst the top clubs in Europe.
However, Oblak has not completely ruled out a move to England.
“But in the future, everything is possible,” he said. “In football, things change from one day to another so it’s impossible to say you’re going to be somewhere for many years, because you don’t know. January is here, June is there. Things can change so fast.
“The Premier League is interesting. It’s attractive and at some stage I may want to be part of that competition. I can see myself there, but I don’t know when – maybe next year, in two years, five or 10.”
Atletico Madrid fans will be hoping it is rather 10 than one.