Atlético Madrid keeper Jan Oblak suggested that there would be 'time to talk' about his future, before RB Leipzig prematurely ended his side's Champions League hopes on Thursday.
Oblak is generally accepted as among the vert the best in the world in his position at present, and has kept clean sheets in more than half of his 257 appearances for Atléti. Chelsea have been frequently linked, and there was even talk of a bizarre and unlikely swap deal involving the out-of-favour Kepa Arrizabalaga, who Frank Lampard is keen to replace.
He was asked about the rumours by AS ahead of their Champions League quarter-final, but with Leipzig on the horizon, he was in no mood to get drawn into speculation.
"It’s not the time to talk about that [Chelsea rumours], right now we’ve got Leipzig to think about," he said. "I’ll assess the season when it’s over and hopefully we’ve got three games left. There’ll be time after that to talk."
Oblak was naturally hoping to end the 2019/20 season on a high by inspiring Atlético to Champions League glory, but it wasn't to be. Tyler Adams' late goal means it's Leipzig who will vie with Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the final, and frees up some time for the keeper to consider his future.
Atléti are under no pressure to sell, and any move for the Slovenian will almost certainly have to surpass the world record £72m Chelsea paid for Kepa in 2018. Club president Enrique Cerezo claimed last month that he would not be sold for less than his €120m (£108m) release clause.
Oblak has three years to run on his current deal, and at 27, he is at the very beginning of his peak years - a frightening prospect indeed for the future of goalkeeping.