Kieran Trippier considers Jan Oblak the best goalkeeper in the world and would love to see him in the Premier League – perhaps even at Newcastle United.
Oblak has long been regarded among the very best around in his position, although his form for Atletico Madrid has deteriorated this season.
Having won the LaLiga title alongside the 29-year-old in 2020-21, however, ex-Atletico defender Trippier still holds him in high regard.
“From my time playing with him, the amount of points he saved us and his shot-stopping, for me, he’s the best in the world, for sure,” Trippier told 5 Live, speaking ahead of Atletico’s game against Manchester United on Wednesday.
Oblak joined Atletico from Benfica in 2014 and has remained in Madrid ever since, but Trippier added he was “really surprised” a Premier League club had not made a serious move for the keeper.
“I think he’d be unbelievable in the Premier League, but obviously it’s who could he go to? That’s the question,” the Newcastle man said.
“I’ve had conversations with him before about the Premier League. He’s always asked me questions. Of course, I’d love to see him in the Premier League one day.”
Big-spending Newcastle were then put forward, with Trippier asked if he was acting as the club’s LaLiga scout.
“You never know,” he replied with a laugh. “You never know what could happen.”
— Jan Oblak (@oblakjan) May 5, 2021
Atletico’s 1-1 draw with United was their first Champions League match since Trippier’s January departure, but the England international is keen to return to the competition with Newcastle.
“Right now, the most important thing is staying in the league. We need to focus about now,” he said. “Of course, it’s a process, it’s about building season by season.
“Newcastle want to be playing Champions League football, but the most important thing for us is Saturday against Brentford and then building a game at a time and then see where we are at the end of the season.
“It’s about building, it’s a project. Of course I want to be playing Champions League football and hopefully I can be with Newcastle.”
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