On loan Chelsea midfielder not afraid to make permanent exit

Oriol Romeu has admitted that he could be looking to make his loan to VfB Stuttgart a permanent deal.

The 22-year old Spaniard has started both of Stuttgart’s games this season, dictating play from deep with the third highest pass accuracy in the Bundesliga of players who have featured in two games - 90.8%.

Having spent last season with La Liga side Valencia, Romeu returned to Stamford Bridge in the hopes of finally making an impact in West London - with his short Chelsea career having been splintered by a series of long-standing injuries. However, the arrival of Cesc Fabregas pushed the former Barcelona man further down the pecking order, and the youngster was sent to the Bundesliga as a means to guarantee playing time.

Despite a future return to Stamford Bridge an inevitability, Romeu has confirmed that his second successive loan spell away from the club could be his last - with a potential permanent switch to Germany on the cards.

Quoted by the Express, Romeu refused to rule out anything in his future, whilst admitting that a longer stay may be possible.

He said: "Maybe I am staying for a longer period of time. You cannot rule anything out in football."

The mixed playing styles of the Bundesliga appeal to the Spanish youth international, who feels his time in the Premier League and La Liga has prepared him well for the mixed physical and technical game on show in Germany.

"I have experienced a technically demanding game in the Spanish league, football in England is more physical, and the Bundesliga is a mixture of that.

"My ambition is to quickly learn the German language.”

It is likely that Chelsea fans would be sad to see Romeu leave the club, with his style of football heavily appreciated at Stamford Bridge. However, the current strength in midfield in the playing squad, combined with the number of highly rated youngsters in the Blues Academy, means that, for the Spaniard, a move away from West London would be the wisest decision.

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