La Liga champions Atletico Madrid have announced the signing of 21-year-old goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The Slovenian shot-stopper joins from Portuguese champions Benfica and has put pen to paper on a six-year deal.
Atletico Madrid confirmed the deal via social media, with the following message posted from their official Twitter account:
Speculation surrounding Oblak’s transfer had picked up pace in recent days, with various news sources, including Sky Sports, reporting that the Slovenian was on the verge of making the switch, which is believed to be for a fee in the region of €16 million.
The goalkeeper himself is reportedly delighted at the move, telling newspaper A Bola, via Sky Sports:
It was my decision to leave for Atletico
Ever since I was a child I have dreamed about playing in the Spanish league, which is a better league than the Portuguese one. This was always a big challenge that I wanted to take on.
Benfica wanted me to stay and the president has done everything to stop me from leaving, but my wish was to sign for Atletico.
Manager Diego Simeone faces a rebuilding process in the Spanish capital as star striker Diego Costa and midfielder Filipe Luis have both departed for Chelsea, and the arrival of Oblak could initiate a burst of activity from the La Liga champions.
Simeone’s hand was rather forced by the fact that Stamford Bridge boss Jose Mourinho has refused to loan Thibaut Courtois, who had graced the Vicente Calderon net for three successive seasons, to the Madrid club in 2014/15. Nevertheless, the head coach will be hoping that his newest recruit can emulate the success of his Belgian predecessor.
Oblak arrives in the Spanish capital with a heavy weight of expectation on his young shoulders but, after helping Benfica to a domestic title last term, the Slovenian looks ready for the task.
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