Jan Oblak signs six-year deal with Atlético

The young Slovenian is a rojiblanco at last!

Oblak for Benfica (pic: beinsports)

Oblak for Benfica (pic: beinsports)

After much speculation this month, Jan Oblak is officially an Atlético Madrid player.

The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him in Madrid for six years. The fee to be paid to Benfica is claimed to be around €16 million.

His high price tag owes to the fact that Oblak is one of the hottest young prospects in world football.

Having established himself at Benfica last season, he had a long list of admirers but the Slovenian has chosen Atleti as his next destination.

His acquisition confirms that Thibaut Courtois will not be returning to us next season.

Oblak has big boots to fill, as Courtois’ contribution over the last three years has been nothing less than outstanding, winning back to back Zamora trophies.

Our new Slovenian keeper was highly influential last season  which saw Benfica win the domestic treble and reach the Europa League final. He too has accolades to his name, picking up the Best Goalkeeper Award in the Portuguese League 2013/14. He also kept an impressive 15 clean sheets in 26 appearances last year.

Jan Oblak couldn’t hide his excitement about being Atleti’s number 1 next season.

“Benfica wanted me to stay and the president has done everything to stop me from leaving, but my wish was to sign for Atletico,” he told A Bola.

This desire to play for Atleti is music to fans ears, and if he can display half as much heart as his predecessor then we are sure to have a top goalkeeper on our hands.

“Ever since I was a child I have dreamed about playing in the Spanish league, which is a better league than the Portuguese one,” our new portero added.

“This was always a big challenge that I wanted to take on.'”

Such enthusiasm will be needed in a season spent defending our Spanish crown. The transition from the Portuguese to the Spanish league will not be easy for Oblak, but with one of the best defences in Europe in front of him, (although now without Filipe Luis) his should be made a little bit easier. 

Atlético Madrid Sporting Director Jose Luis Perez Caminero told the club’s official website that “Oblak is a goalkeeper with great quality and a great future, who will contribute a lot due to his enormous talent”.

Caminero’s mention of the word ‘future’ suggests that the club is trying it’s best to keep it in the upper echelon of European football for years to come.

At a time when high profile players are leaving Atlético Madrid, it is nice to have someone coming in the other direction.

Oblak will need time, the same amount of time that Atletico fans gave Courtois when he arrived, but I’ve no doubt that he will be a huge success for Los Rojiblancos.

Bienvenido Oblak!

  • It’s a fantastic way to replace Courtois, even though we’re all devastated to see him leave. But welcome Oblak!

  • Ali

    Why this men is with Kuwait prince?
    Is he’s negotiating possible sale of the the club?
    I hope so.

  • Ali

    Our president!
    I don’t know how to upload picture.

  • David Lee

    I might be negative but this deal sounds a bit fishy with Jorge Mendes previously shopping him to a host of La Liga Giants.

    Plus he is only 6’1! I’m bias but the reason why I loved our past 2 keepers were because of how much a commanding presence Courtois and De Gea were towering over 6’6 and 6’3 respectively!

    I hope I am wrong and Oblak develops into a Keeper that can play until 40. To my knowledge, those keepers that can play until 40 are those that are generally 6’3 and taller.

  • Dircil

    when did this incident happen? 2014?

  • Dircil

    good signing, hope our next signing is a good playmaker!!!!

  • Brad

    Well it looks like the new kit

  • Ali


  • Ali

    The prince said:
    “that sports field is one of the ways for rapprochement between the peoples of the world”

  • Abdullah Karam

    He is visiting a indoor turnment that we have it in RAMADAN and Laporta came before Moratti and alot of players like roberto carlos , Nesta , Zannetti , Del Piero and alot alot of players .. And no we are not selling the club Ali 🙂

  • Abdullah Karam

    Im from kuwait 🙂

  • Abdullah Karam

    So Now lets hope to sing Nico Gaitan and Greizman 🙂 and we will be set to defend our trophy and Have the Champion League Trophy 🙂 ,, Aupa Atleti

  • TommyNestor7

    For sure a great talented player with fantastic future ahead of him!! But my wish was K.Navas or even G.Ochoa instead Oblak.
    But time has shown that we must trust Caminero case they simply cant make a mistake.
    I just read that Correa will be out for 6 monts!!! OMG is that true?
    Does anyone knows smth more about that case?
    And I wanted Juan Iturbe in Atleti jersey but he signed for Roma. So we now must sign a good wide playmaker. Nico Gaitan should fit in that position or Santi Cazorla.

  • Luis

    Dino Zoff was 6′ 1″ and captained Italy to a World Cup win (1982) aged 40. Height doesn’t matter for goalkeepers eg Casillas and Reina. I’m a goalkeeper myself and I wouldn’t say my height gives me an advantage (I’m 6’6″) in fact shorter keepers can get down quicker. It’s all about skill and Oblak has that in abundance.

  • Kris

    Almost all of our bench players are gone from last season. What we need to do is buy quality players for the bench and/or start promoting the youth.

  • Dircil

    Oblak is better than Ochoa! I’m happy to have him rather than Ochoa! Insigne is somewhat superior to Iturbe, tho. We still have a chance to sign him

  • David Lee

    Hi Luis-

    No mistake about it…there will always be exceptions! Jorge Campos, Dino Zoff, Canizares, Barthez, Casillas when we couldn’t win a game against Real Madrid for over 14 years!

    In basketball- Charles Barkley is arguably one of the best PF/Bigs in the history of basketball at 6’4.

    However, there haven’t been anyone close to him since :).

    I’m just saying to spend an abundance of amount of money for a Young Keeper that is a bit small is questionable.

    But… I shouldn’t question Caminero right now as it seems most of his signings/moves have been genius.

  • TommyNestor7

    I think Insigne is not on our radar, I belive we are truying to sign Callejon but not Lorenzo… and Callejon can play as a second striker, and right now we need a couple of players who plays as wide midlefielders to replace Diego, Sosa, and probably Rodriguez to.. Griezzman is the best option but as I heard he is a big Madrid fan!

  • Chewie

    Insigne is off the radar for sure – he’s Napoli youth product and the club won’t sell him. Same with Callejon – De Laurentis made it clear he’s not for sale. We have to look elsewhere, Cazorla is a more viable candidate.

  • Erik

    Oblak is now apart of team that will expect him to perform at an exceptional level. This is a power house league and he needs to be ready for such teams as RM, Barca, Atletic Bilboa, and Valencia. When we play those team, only then will we know if he was the right man for the job.