Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has revealed that he has been told a strong season on loan at Valencia will see him return to Stamford Bridge and fight for first-team football next year, but the message didn't come from Jose Mourinho.
Romeu left the Blues on a season-long loan deal to La Liga during the close season, with first-team opportunities in the Premier League restricted by Chelsea's considerable options in midfield.
The former Barcelona academy standout has struggled to stamp his authority at Valencia but shared that he has an incentive to keep improving, with Chelsea scouts in regular contact and offering assurances that hope of a future in West London is not lost.
The 22-year-old told Super Deporte: "If [the talk of a possible return] is true it is really good, I hope so. It is good that they are interested in me.
"I know that they are following me and they are happy with my recent performances. They have congratulated me but I have not spoken directly to Mourinho.
"Chelsea scouters told me recent that there are not many players in my position and that if I have a good season they will want me back next year."
Romeu joined Chelsea in 2011 with glowing reports from Spain but never managed to establish himself as a midfield enforcer in the Chelsea starting XI, making just nine appearances in all competitions last season.
Blues boss Mourinho faces a number of difficult decisions over a vast array of talent out on loan next summer, including Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.