Young Spaniard has made up his mind to quit the Blues.
Chelsea midfield player Oriol Romeu has moved a step closer to joining Liga outfit Valencia on loan next season, according to reports in the Daily Mirror.
The highly rated Spain Under-23 international originally made a name for himself at Stamford Bridge after signing for the west London club from Spanish giants FC Barcelona in August 2011, with the then new Chelsea head coach Andre Villas-Boas initially showing great faith in the holding midfield player.
So much so that the 21-year-old was called upon in 24 matches in total in all competitions in his debut campaign in the capital, including making 16 appearances in the Premier League for the Blues.
However, after the Portuguese was dismissed in the second half of that season, Romeu’s first-team opportunities under the then interim Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo became few and far between.
And in the previous campaign the defensive midfield player spent more time warming the substitutes’ bench at the Bridge than actually playing, featuring in only nine contests all season long in total, six of those coming in the top flight, although the player did manage to net his first-ever goal for the club in that time.
Consequently, new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is happy for the Spaniard to leave this summer, although Romeu himself is thought to only want a loan move to Mestalla initially.