Under Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea, Oriol Romeu appeared to be a player that could grow into a real star in west London.
However, since the Portuguese manager’s departure, the Spaniard has been on the fringes of things in west London.
Romeu has been allowed to leave the Blues on loan this term, returning to his homeland to feature for Valencia.
Initially the Barcelona youth graduate struggled for fitness, but he is back in the Los Che side and playing well.
Romeu played a significant role in Valencia’s recent shock victory over former club Barcelona at Camp Nou, and has admitted that he is happy with how his spell away from Chelsea is going.
"Last time I spoke to Jose Mourinho was when I left for Valencia, he told me that he was happy for me to because he wanted me to play,” Romeu told The Daily Mail.
"I'm enjoying life in Valencia, I’m doing what I need to do, which is playing, playing, playing, and I'm getting the confidence that I need every weekend, and getting better week-by-week and I need to carry on."
Nemanja Matic’s signing and stellar performance in the Blues’ win at Manchester City last night will do Romeu no favours in his ambitions to play first-team football at Stamford Bridge.
However, there is certainly an argument to suggest that the Spaniard could play a part in the Chelsea set-up if recent strong form continues.
Central midfield is an area where there has been a fair amount of turnover, and arguably the position in the Chelsea squad that they have least strength in depth.
However, with summer spending more than likely to occur, Romeu will need to really impress to make inroads into the Blues’ first-team squad.
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