Oriol Romeu

Name: Oriol Romeu
Nationality: Spanish
Position: Midfielder
Former Clubs: Barcelona
D.O.B: 24/09/1991
Squad Number: 6
Oriol Romeu signed a four-year-contract with The Blues in August 2011 after his move from Spanish giants Barcelona. The six foot tall Catalonian is known for his strength and range of passing abilities. He is versatile in that he can play as a central midfielder or slot back into central defence.

On arrival at the club manager Andre Villas-Boas talked up the players potential: ‘It is a part of the squad in which we are struggling with numbers because of Michael Essien’s injury and Oriol is a player with a bright future. He still has to evolve as a player. ‘The Barcelona B team had a magnificent year in the Spanish second division, they finished third. Oriol had an injury during the season but he came back late on and was in time to play for the first team. So he is one of the most promising young players in that position.’

In early September Romeu made his Chelsea debut. The youngster followed that up with 90 minutes in the Carling Cup tie against Fulham. Having got to the final of the European Championships at under-19 level, the Spaniard earned himself a call-up to his country’s under-21 squad after many impressive performances for club and country.

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