Chelsea defensive midfielder does not want to move back to FC Barcelona.
Chelsea star Oriol Romeu says he would rather not return to former club FC Barcelona, and will attempt to win a place in the Blues’ midfield when he returns to fitness.
The 21 year-old suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in the middle of December and was ruled out of action for the second half of the season, but prior to that had broken into the team under Rafa Benitez and was enjoying a consistent run.
Chelsea purchased Romeu for £4 million, with the price so low because Barcelona retained rights to buy back the player – effectively making the deal somewhere in between loan and permanent transfer.
Romeu says he is reluctant to return to Camp Nou though, with the prospect of breaking into a midfield featuring Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara a rather tough ask.
Claiming the holding position at Stamford Bridge ought to be a more feasible task, with Jon Obi Mikel still not having cemented his value to the Blues, Lampard no longer as mobile as he used to be – though his game intelligence and runs rewarded him with a contract renewal – and Ramires perhaps best suited to one of the forward roles to best showcase his dynamism.
It is a fact that Romeu is all too aware of.
“I’m very happy here and I still have two years on my contract,” he told El Iberico.
“I want to play and be happy. When Rafa Benitez arrived he gave me minutes, which is what I wanted, that’s the important thing.
“There is no point of thinking about going to another club if you are not going to play.
“Playing in midfield for a club like Barca is virtually impossible. If I can make it big here I would be great.”