Oblak ‘offered back to Benfica’

Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has claimed Atletico Madrid offered to sell goalkeeper Jan Oblak back to the club.

Atletico signed Oblak from Atletico earlier in the summer but the new arrival has had an injury-hit summer and in discussing a number of high-profile exits from the club, Vieira said Atletico suggested Oblak could return.

Vieira added that he turned down the offer because of Oblak’s past actions in trying to leave the club.

“Andre Gomes and Rodrigo were sold in December [both have joined Valencia],” Marca reports Vieira as saying.

“I never thought Lazar Markovic wanted to go [to Liverpool] but as with Oblak, the release clause was paid.

“It was a surprise that Oblak fled again but life takes many turns and we have been offered the player back.

“We don’t want him! He’s escaped twice…”

Vieira also said Benfica wanted to sign Guilherme Siqueira on a permanent deal following his loan spell from Granada but couldn’t afford the Atletico man.

“We aimed everything at an agreement but the question of salary wasn’t possible,” he continued.

“We couldn’t afford the wages.”

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