European Champions could see talented youngster head for the exit.
Chelsea face the prospect of losing Oriol Romeu to Valencia, according to reports in Spain.
The 20-year-old is highly regarded at Stamford Bridge, after he broke into the first team under Andre Villas-Boas last season.
But since Roberto Di Matteo took over as manager the former Barcelona star has seen his playing time limited, with Jon Obi Mikel preferred in the defensive midfield role.
And Romeu has now been linked with a move away from west London, with Valencia reportedly sending scouts to watch him during Spain’s U-21 international against Croatia.
There is a clause in Romeu’s contract which allows Barcelona to buy back the midfielder for a fee of £12million.
SOURCE: DAILY STAR
Spain under-21 international Romeu is a highly-rated defensive-midfielder, who showed glimpses of quality in a handful of appearances for Chelsea last season, after arriving from Spanish giants Barcelona.
This summer saw the arrival of four quality midfielders at Stamford Bridge in Eden Hazard, Oscar, Marko Marin and Victor Moses, to add to the ranks already boasting a wealth of talent such as Frank Lampard, Ramires and Jon Obi Mikel. The latter of these has began the new campaign as Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo’s first-choice in the holding role, meaning Romeu’s opportunities have so far been limited.
The youngster is keen to play and the prospect of a move back to his homeland with a more prominent role on offer may well entice him. While a return to former club Barcelona, as part of a possible buy-back agreement which was made an option between the Catalan club and Chelsea when he signed in 2011, would see Romeu joining arguably even greater competition for a midfield place, a move to Valencia would be an appealing proposition, where Romeu would hope to play regularly this year and speed-up his progression.
While he may not be considered a key-player to the Chelsea fold at present his departure would no doubt be a loss to the west Londoners as he was certainly bought with a view that he could make the defensive-midfield role his own in future years to come, with Michael Essien no longer the player he once was.
Di Matteo will, therefore, no doubt be hoping he can persuade Romeu that he has a future at Chelsea to prevent the youngster moving-on.
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