Chelsea’s new signing Oriol Romeu is ready to take his chance in the Barclays Premier League after the 19-year-old agreed a four year deal at Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish midfielder is sad to leave Barcelona, where he built up a reputation in the reserve side after soaring through the club's world-renowned academy, before debuting for the senior side at the Nou Camp in May.
“Obviously, it hurts a lot to leave Barcelona. This has always been my club. However, opportunities like Chelsea only come along once. You have to make a decision and go for it," said the teenager.
"Chelsea are a great option for me. Both clubs had reached an agreement, so it was up to me to make a final decision. I am looking forward to the challenge at Chelsea. Negotiations went pretty smoothly and I'm glad that the deal was closed this fast."
The six-foot middle man has been impressive whilst rising through the Spanish youth ranks, and Romeu is currently fighting through the FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Colombia with his country.
The arrival of the versatile Spaniard, who takes up the number six shirt, could go some way to solving Andre Villas-Boas midfield problems, after Michael Essien’s knee injury left the Chelsea manager with a host of attacking midfielders but no covering players.
“It is a part of the squad in which we are struggling with numbers because of Michael Essien’s injury and Oriol is a player with a bright future. He still has to evolve as a player,” the new Blues boss admitted.
“The Barcelona B team had a magnificent year in the Spanish second division, they finished third. Oriol had an injury during the season but he came back late on and was in time to play for the first team.
“So he is one of the most promising young players in that position.”
Romeu will be fighting for place in the side alongside Frank Lampard, John Obi-Mikel, Josh McEachran and Ramires, who returns after a break following his Brazilian duty in the Copa America.