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Jan Oblak had no choice but to be a keeper

Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak has discussed his development as a keeper and how he became one in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.

The Slovenian keeper will be in action for his country against England at Wembley on Thursday evening in the World Cup qualifiers and he was speaking to the Spanish media outlet about several things, including his upbringing.

“My father, Matjaz, was an amateur for a team in the Slovenian third division and he was also a keeper,” he said.

“I would put myself behind his goal and if he went right, I would go right; if I went to the left, I went left … I did not like it when they scored goals, but that made me realise since I was small that the goal is part of the keeper’s life.”

Born in Skofja Loka, Oblak started playing football at the age of five for his home town club, Locan, before moving to Olimpija youth academy, where he remained until 2005 when the club was dissolved.

He would then move to Bezigard, before they became Olimpija Ljubljana and this would be where the keeper would make his professional debut at the age of 16, playing the majority of the 2009-2010 season, missing just three games.

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A rejected move to English club Fulham was followed by a move to Portuguese side Benfica, where he helped them win the domestic treble in 2014.

Interest was then a plenty from European football’s top clubs and a move to Atleti was forged in the summer of 2015. He would win the Zamora trophy in his first year, conceding just 18 goals, before winning the award again last season.

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