Chelsea starlet to reject Barca

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Chelsea starlet Oriol Romeu is likely to reject a switch back to Barcelona next summer in favour of staying at Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish midfielder has provided added steel to The Blues' midfield in the absence of Michael Essien.

Upon signing the 20-year-old, Barca installed a buy-back clause in his contract allowing them to re-sign the midfielder either next summer for £8.3 million or in 2013 for £12.5 million.

"Will Romeu return? His dream before leaving was to be a Barcelona player and that still stands, but we cannot ignore the opportunity Chelsea have provided," agent Javier Magico Diaz said.

"Oriol has made a name for himself in the Premier League and is playing regularly. We're committed to the club and we cannot leave them hanging."

"We'll have to see if it's appropriate for the club and the player, he added.

"We need to know if he'll keep developing at Chelsea and playing.

"Maybe it will be more convenient to stay for another year and then return in 2013."

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