Oriel Romeu appears to have finally put an end to speculation linking him a permanent return to Spain, with reports suggesting that the Chelsea midfielder has signed a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old Spaniard - who initially joined Chelsea from Barcelona back in 2011 - spent the entirety of the 2013/14 campaign on loan back in his homeland with Valencia, having seemingly been deemed surplus to requirements in the short-term by the returning figure of Jose Mourinho.
With Romeu having suitably impressed in 14 domestic appearances for the club, rumours have persisted that Valencia are eager to secure his signings on a full-time basis. However, according to recent reports from talkSPORT, such speculation has now been ended with the player committing his future to his current employers until 2017.
Romeu - whose previous deal was set to expire next summer - has had a very limited impact at Chelsea, primarily due to a succession of injuries that have served to largely restrict his availability.
He made 16 Premier League appearances for the Blues during the 2011/12 season, featuring on the bench during the club's famous Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
The former Spanish youth international made his first Chelsea appearance in over a year alongside a number of fellow youngsters during a 5-0 romp of League two strugglers Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday evening, a performance that may just have convinced Mourinho of Romeu's worth and ability.
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Another loan spell?
Whereas this new deal would appear to rule out a permanent departure for Romeu, it is unclear if Mourinho intends to integrate him into the first-team or if he is being lined up for another loan stint.
The recent signing of compatriot Cesc Fabregas would appear to have added further quality competition for a starting berth in midfield, although a possible exit for John Obi Mikel could open up another space in Chelsea's squad.
If Mourinho is eager to see Romeu gain experience of the Premier League without the threat of his progress stagnating in West London, rivals West Ham have previously been linked with his signature and could provide a short-term option.