After learning of a previously uncovered release clause in the Spaniard’s contract, Chelsea supporters will be buoyed by the news that Oriol Romeu has no clear intentions of leaving the club anytime soon.
The clause was documented heavily in late 2011 and states that Barcelona have the right to buy back the player – who arrived from the La Liga side in the summer – for £10m in the summer of 2012 or £15m in 2013.
However, the clause can only be activated if Chelsea actually choose to sell, something they won’t be looking to do if early season performances are anything to go on.
The 20 year-old has stated that he would be happy to return to the Camp Nou if his old club came calling and while the clause isn’t automatic, a player’s desire to leave his club can sometimes prove triumphant in these cases, as illustrated in the three year transfer saga of Cesc Fabregas returning to his boyhood club, Barca.
Despite being in the club for just five months, Romeu has acclimatised tremendously to the tempo of the Premier League, earning widespread plaudits in his early Chelsea career.
The youngster has made 14 starts for the Premier League side this season, making a name for himself as a tough holding midfielder.
Romeu has impressed enough to even challenge John Obi Mikel for a spot in the starting XI; an impressive feat given his age.
The Spanish Under-21 international is adamant that he will no “leave Chelsea hanging” and that his responsibilities lie with the West London club for now.