Oriol Romeu has had a difficult period with settling in at Chelsea, that is no fault of the club or the player but more down to injury. Just as it looked like he was likely to start to get more minutes, with other midfielders having gone, and Chelsea facing a bewildering number of matches, he suffered a serious knee injury. That's a blow to the career of any footballer, but especially a 21 year old trying to make it in a different country. It had looked like he was going to become a decent member of the squad but his progress was so cruelly cut short last December when injured against Sunderland.
He's still not fully fit and Chelsea hope he will be available for pre-season, Romeu currently has just two years remaining on his current Stamford Bridge deal, if that goes down to one then his potential value drops but he needs to be able to get games to show what he's worth anyway, so it's a difficult situation for the club.
Is he really likely to get into the midfield next year? If so, then it's clear the club should keep him and let him flourish and watch Barcelona squirm a bit and speak of a non-existent, according to Chelsea, buy-back clause.
If he's not going to be involved then he's best going elsewhere. Chelsea are strong in most areas of their squad, but have a lot of midfielders especially, and even have Micheal Essien coming back from Real Madrid, a favourite of his 'daddy' Jose Mourinho.
Just over a week ago the Guardian said that Celta Vigo were interested in taking the Spaniard on loan for a season and now another La Liga team have come into the picture, he's certainly not forgotten in Spain.
In today's Spanish newspaper AS, it's claimed that Valencia would be very interested in the option of a loan because they are struggling with funds to add players to their squad. For permanent signings then they probably need to sell in order to raise the funds to buy a player and that just leaves another gap in the squad, so a loan would be right up their street.
It sounds like a good idea, he's only 21 and a year back in Spain could help Romeu recover from his injury fully and get back to top form, it's going to be hard getting enough games to do that at Stamford Bridge. The downside for Chelsea is that if they do loan him out and he does brilliantly, he then only has one year left on his contract and they run the risk of losing him. If he does go to Spain then the club will probably want to add another year's option to the end of his deal, just to give themselves some comfort in knowing they have the talent secured long term.
Another option is letting him go to Spain for the first half of the season and seeing how it works out, with the option to bring him back in January.
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