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Oriol Romeu looking forward to Chelsea preseason, will decide his future after

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A crucial summer ahead for young Oriol Romeu.  With two years left on his contract, this might be make-or-break time as far as his Chelsea future is concerned.

"On 6 July I will start the pre-season with Chelsea and then we will see what is best for me. We will see whether I can win a place here or if it is better go on loan. We will analyse the options but fortunately the Chelsea sporting director [Michael Emenalo] had told me that there are a number of clubs interested in me. There are some interesting options in England and in Spain so let's see how the pre-season goes and then make a decision."

"I don't want to stay at Chelsea to not have playing time. Any player wants continuity and knowing that there are clubs interested in me maybe it is better to go to keep playing."

-Oriol Romeu; source: IB Times UK

Fairly standard sentiments from the 23-year-old loan warrior, though Romeu has this great tendency to express himself in a very clear and straightforward manner.  Reasonable opinions expressed reasonably!  What is this world coming to?!

"The sporting director told me they still have me in their mind for the future as that's why they extended my deal last summer. They told me they don't have much depth in my position and hopefully one day and I can make the step up to Chelsea."

"Chelsea are likely to sign someone but I wish to prove during the season they can count on me. But at Chelsea you have to be the best to play. Honestly this year I can't demand them to have a regular first-team role. If I would have had an amazing season [on loan at Stuttgart] it may be different but now I just have to accept what they told me and if they consider a new loan is best I will do that."

-Oriol Romeu; source: IB Times UK

Romeu looked quite promising for a hot minute back in the days of AVB and perhaps even for a flash or two under Interim rule, so it's not like he has zero hope of making the step up and forcing his way into the team.  Chelsea may be regularly linked with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and we may be pining for the wonderfulness of a Paul Pogba, but Mourinho did state that we're mostly looking to improve the squad's depth this summer, which could easily price out any such big name options.  Could Romeu be the internal, quiet solution to the midfield depth?  I suppose we'll find out once preseason starts.

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