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“I’m not at my highest level yet” – Atletico Madrid ‘keeper Jan Oblak insists there is more to come

By Chris Smith

Published: 21:52, 31 July 2019

Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak believes he is yet to reach his “highest level” and insists there is more to come from him.

The Slovenian stopper has firmly established himself as one of the world’s best goalkeepers since joining Atletico Madrid in 2014, winning a number of individual honours, as well as the 2017/18 Europa League title.

More to come from Oblak? Five key things to know…

  • Oblak joined Atleti in 2014 from Benfica.
  • Since then he has made 208 appearances, keeping a remarkable 117 clean sheets.
  • But the 26-year-old insists he is yet to reach his “highest level”.
  • Oblak signed a new four-year deal with Atleti in April.
  • His new contract is thought to contain a €120m release clause.

Oblak, who has been a reported target of Man Utd in recent years, also kept the highest number of clean sheets (20) of any La Liga goalkeeper last season, but still he believes his best form is yet to come.

“Being called the world’s best? It is an important complement,” he told Marca. “You work a lifetime for that. It’s good, and it shows that you are on the right path.

“Each person has their favourite player but the more people say it the better way you will be. It is not necessary to think too much about it or worry about it.

“Every day is a new chance to improve. I’m not at the highest level yet. I can improve. With that, I am sure that collective titles also arrive, which is the important thing. Surely with everyone’s help, we can get it.”

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Oblak recently signed a new deal at the Wanda Metropolitano but Atleti fans were left worrying as his release clause only went up from €100m to €120m – a sum well within the reach of some of Europe’s most powerful clubs.

However, the 26-year-old has moved to calm the nerves among fans, insisting he is happy right where his and that clauses are just “numbers”.

“Clauses are just numbers in contracts,” Oblak said.

“If the intention of the player is to continue and the club want you to stay, then you are where you want to be.

“It is a number that changes nothing, no matter if its €1m or €200m. The most important thing is that both parties are happy and follow the same path.”