Chelsea FC loanee Oriol Romeu has been at loan at La Liga side Valencia for the 2013/14 season and has recently said that he would like to continue playing for Los Che Chotos another year. Whether that year is on loan again from Chelsea or as a permanent move is yet to be seen. Both Romeu and Valencia seem keen on making the deal permanent despite the youngster suffering through another injury plagued season. When he is fit though, he is a regular in their starting lineup and has been a fixture in their Europa League campaign. The only issue that stands between Oriol Romeu and a permanent deal is the fact that it is Chelsea who will make the final decision because he is under contract for at least one more season.
Oriol Romeu’s comments to Marca:
“The only thing that we know is that Valencia is happy with me and would like me to carry on. I’m comfortable here but we’ll have to wait until the end of the season. I have a year left on my contract and anything can happen. Chelsea is calling the shots.”
Between the injuries and rehab, Romeu has only played around 1400 minutes for Valencia but as stated above, when he is healthy he is first or second choice in the center of midfield. The same can not be said if he was to return to Chelsea as he would be behind Frank Lampard, Ramires, Nemanja Matic, and John Obi Mikel in the pecking order. A permanent move to Valencia would be ideal for all those involved but only if Chelsea get their money’s worth for the youngster. Luckily for Romeu he was purchased for around £5 million so it should not be hard for them to recoup that fee.
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