Why are Barcelona fans slating a former Arsenal player and praising a Chelsea one?

Barcelona fans are evidently not happy with the signing of Alex Song from Arsenal last summer and would prefer a Chelsea midfielder instead.

If you took your guess from the headline, you may think we are talking about Cesc Fabregas and David Luiz... Wrong!

No the player Barcelona fans would be happy to see return 'home' is Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu, who signed for the Blues in the summer of 2011.

Once pegged as a future Barcelona regular, Romeu did not believe he could force his way into the first team and was persuaded to London by Andre-Villas Boas instead.

After a bright start he fell behind under Roberto di Matteo, but looked to have a key role under Rafa Benitez as the interim one brought his fellow Spaniard into his side ahead of Jon Obi Mikel, only for a cruciate knee ligament injury to cruelly rob him of his big chance.

Romeu is recovering and traveled with the squad to the Europa League Final on Wednesday night, and is on the radar of his former club after giving an interview to Catalan newspaper Sport in Spain.

When the midfielder was signed Barcelona inserted a buy-back clause into his contract, enabling them to buy him back for €15 million if they so wish. Due to his injury this has not been on the agenda of late, but it didn't stop him being quizzed on it.

Romeu's response was one Chelsea fans would have been glad to hear, "I'm very happy here and I still have two years of contract."

"I want to play and be happy. When Rafa had arrived (I had) minutes, which is what I wanted. Important thing is that. If you are thinking of going to another club and not playing ... Playing in midfield for a club like Barça is virtually impossible. If I can make it big here I would be great ."

Talking about Sergio Busquets who he would have to dislodge if he were to return to Barcelona, he said "For me it's the world's best defensive midfielder alongside Xabi Alonso. Irreplaceable is a player for the club, its characteristics and the way they play.. is the ideal player."

So while Chelsea fans will be happy to hear Romeu does not believe a return is likely or beneficial right now, Barcelona fans were disappointed at the situation, as displayed by the comments underneath the article, with it pointed out the club should just have bought him home last summer instead of spending even more on Arsenal midfielder Alex Song.

Song has not had a happy time at Barcelona, with his uncle Rigobert Song, a former Cameroon international, letting it slip he is unhappy at his lack of match action, while in January he was voted as 'flop of the year' along with Luka Modric by readers of Spanish newspaper Marca.

Here's a selection of what the Barcelona fans had to say:

Jordi FCB: "Oriol do not say that! If the midfield can play SONG, you can do it blindfolded! You have to sell a Song and try to recover the investment sad last year and bring somebody if Busi help, that this too lonely" 

Carabullo: "Romeu would do as well or better than Song and without pulling the 24 million paid by the latter ."

NO ENTIENDO?: "For the players closer to home are not valued. Romeu sold and replaced with Song - we would have saved 24 million"

JoSe: "He would do the same as Song or more, is Spanish, from the academy and not worth 25 million .... (sold) in order to make signings"

Jon: "And this is the legacy of Guardiola, homegrown players off the team, signings have resolved nothing and returns price paid superstars."

And so you quickly get the message. it's a fair point, that Barcelona keep producing these starlets who are not successfully integrated into the first team enough and are sold for cheap. Then when they sign players purported  not to be as technically gifted as the ones they sell, and they don't perform, financially it simply does not add up.

Romeu is desperately unlucky that when his injury occured when it did. With new midfield additions likely in the summer he may have lost out on his big chance. As for Song at Barcelona, our tip is a summer switch to PSG. Watch this space...

What do you think the future holds for Romeu and Song?

image: © WSHJackson

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