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AVB explains Romeu buy-back clause

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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has moved to clarify the situation surrounding Oriol Romeu's transfer to the club.

The 20-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from Barcelona in the summer, and has quickly become an integral part of the Blues midfield as AVB looks to put his own stamp on the side in west London.

As part of the deal, Pep Guardiola's side do have a buy-back option, but Villas-Boas insisted it's only if Chelsea want to sell, and not at a specific price over the next two years as has been falsely reported over recent weeks.

"The buy-back option states that Barcelona can only buy back if Chelsea are willing to sell," said Villas-Boas ahead of tonight's clash with Manchester City.

"There is always time needed for you to adapt into the Premier League but with Oriol Romeu and Juan Mata, and Raul Meireles last year at Liverpool, these players have adapted pretty well to Premier League standard."

The former Porto boss also spoke on the goalkeeping situation at the club, dismissing speculation that Petr Cech could be leaving at the end of the season.

Thibaut Courtois has impressed on loan at Atletico Madrid after his summer arrival from Racing Genk, but the youngster won't be returning to Chelsea this season at-least, with Hilario and Ross Turnbull providing sufficient cover for the Czech international stopper.

"There are false stories about Petr Cech leaving the club. We are trying to reach an agreement with Petr and he knows we are interested in renewing his contract," added the manager.

"Regarding Courtios, we have to make a decision at the end of the season.

"We will not recall him in January for sure, and what I will say is Hilario and Ross Turnbull have shown an outstanding level of performance when they have been called up so we are happy with the work that they are doing."

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