Celta Vigo are making noise about potentially taking Oriol Romeu on loan for the season

Clive Rose

Oriol Romeu was set for a breakout season in 2012/13. Used sparingly by Roberto Di Matteo during Chelsea's Champions League and FA Cup double, the 21-year-old holding midfielder looked ready to fill the gap left by the sale of Raul Meireles to Fenerbahce and the loan of Michael Essien to Real Madrid.

Alas, fate intervened and Romeu suffered a knee injury in December. Six months and one ACL reconstructive surgery later, he's ready to make his comeback. But could that comeback actually happen somewhere other than Stamford Bridge? Faro de Vigo, the local newspaper for Vigo, Galicia (and apparently the oldest newspaper still in circulation in Spain) reports:

Oriol Romeu está a la espera de conocer los planes deportivos de José Mourinho para decidir su futuro inmediato. El centrocampista catalán del Chelsea, de 21 años, vuelve a sonar como candidato para ir cedido al Celta, que ya lo pretendió la temporada pasada.

-Source: Faro de Vigo

That is, Romeu is waiting to learn what plans Mourinho may have for him. And if that near future holds a loan possibility, it may just be to Celta Vigo, to whom apparently he almost ended up going last season as well before suffering the knee injury that put him out for the rest of the season.

Coming off of a major reconstructive surgery, a "rehab" loan (with lots of playing time) may make plenty of sense for young Romeu. Presuming of course that Mourinho doesn't judge him ready to contribute right away.

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