It is always interesting to monitor the words of players, coaches, agents and owners during these times of vast transfer rumours.
I always feel that you can tell a lot about how they answer questions in public. More often than not they will refuse to speak at all, or remain rather coy on the situation.
There was an interesting interview in Marca with Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo yesterday that caught my eye.
Chelsea have been heavily linked with making a move to sign Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak this summer to replace current stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
#Kepa is the past. #Lampard wants a new goalkeeper for the next season.
Best choice is #Oblak but also the most expensive (release clause £110 M).#Onana would be the easier option (€30M), but not the ideal one.
Nick #Pope is another good option. #CFC @SkySport #Transfers
— Angelo Mangiante (@angelomangiante) July 28, 2020
Cerezo was questioned by Marca about the rumour, and his answer was quite significant. The paper literally asked out right, is Oblak staying or leaving?
Cerezo replied.. “I always say that Oblak has a contract with Atlético and is the best goalkeeper in the world. It is not strange that he has offers from other great teams such as Atlético.”
This is where he has left the door slightly ajar for an Oblak departure this summer. He could have point blankly said ‘no, Oblak will stay at Atletico’, but his answer was less direct and left many possibilities still open.
He went on to say..
“I say the same as always. Oblak has a contract, he is an Atlético player, period.”
But as we know, the Slovenian international has a release clause, so anything is possible.