Chelsea have confirmed the departure of Oriol Romeu on a season-long loan to Valencia. The midfielder, 21, has only just recovered from a torn cruciate ligament that ruled him out for most of last season, and although it sounds as though Los Che are interested in picking him up long-term, one has to assume that the club are planning for the loan to get him the playing time he's been missing since March 2012, when Andre Villas-Boas was sacked.
According to the rumour mill, there's no buyout clause and Chelsea aren't paying any of his wages, which probably means that we're not going to get much in the way of a loan fee out of the deal. Romeu will presumably be a regular starter for Valencia, who missed out on Champions League football last season -- if he does well he could seriously challenge for a place in the first team for 2014/15. His main competition there will be Javi Fuego, whose name I like saying..
It's a little bit funny that after the supposed buy-back clause Barcelona possessed on Romeu turned out to be nothing to worry about, he's ending back up in Spain anyway. All we can say is good luck over there.