Atltico Madrid The former Atletico captain gave his views on a radio show
Gabi, the former Atletico Madrid captain who lifted the LaLiga Santander trophy in 2014, discussed some issues currently emanating at the club, including rumours about the future of goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
The 25-year-old Slovenian is looking for an improved contract with Atletico, but he was very coy when asked about his future at MARCA’s Awards Gala, where he won the Zamora Trophy, leading to suggestions that he may be looking to leave.
“[Oblak] provides points for Atletico Madrid and finding a goalkeeper that can do this is very important,” Gabi told COPE’s El Partidazo show.
“I think that Atletico will make an effort to make him stay, and hopefully he wants to stay.
“He is decisive and Atletico must have a goalkeeper like Oblak.
“I am sure that he would like to have renewed by now; I have no doubt that they will reach an agreement.”
Understandably, as Diego Simeone‘s side have continued to exceed expectations, it has become increasingly difficult to hold onto the club’s top players.
“All of the players continue to improve and keeping these top players in a club where the budget is not the biggest is difficult,” Gabi said.
“You cannot keep everyone on the highest salaries.
“Now they have decided to invest in [Antoine] Griezmann; now we will see with Oblak, and tomorrow it will be Saul [Niguez] and Koke.
“It is very difficult to create figures today when you have the best squad in your history and to keep them, you have to pay accordingly.
“There will become a time where the club says ‘enough’.
“It is not that Atletico do not want to renew the players; they just have to work with the resources available.”
Speaking about Julen Lopetegui, who was recently sacked by Atletico‘s neighbours Real Madrid, Gabi acknowledged that poor results was behind his exit.
“The results are what resulted in his dismissal,” he continued.
“Everything was a little hasty: Lopetegui in the national team, the next day in Real Madrid, and the results have not been forgiving.
“The results caused his sacking.”
Gabi now plays in Qatar for Al-Sadd, with Xavi Hernandez, and the 35-year-old has featured in 15 games across all competitions.