The on-loan Spanish midfielder suffered a knee ligament injury last December and subsequently missed the rest of the season. Over the summer, following his recovery and the arrival of new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, Romeu was on a mission to rebuild his fitness and try to impress the new boss.
Mourinho, however, decided that the former Barcelona youth player wasn’t in his initial Chelsea plans and that the best course of action was to loan him out.
Romeu has primarily been used as a squad player for Valencia - making only 3 La Liga starts - but he has featured more regularly in the Europa League. It was during the Blanquinegro’s home match on Thursday against Kuban Krasnoda that one of his agents, Magico Diaz, revealed Valencia’s intentions of possibly keeping the Spaniard beyond the termination of his current loan spell in July 2014.
During the presentation of Romeu last July, Valencia President Amadeo Salvo described his loan signing as ‘young, dedicated and skillful - the future of a club like Valencia’, which would have been a real confidence booster for the player following such a terrible injury.
The Valencia fans also recently conducted a poll on the website superdeporte.es and a resounding 88% were in favor of signing the player from Chelsea next summer.
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