VfB Stuttgart midfielder Oriol Romeu could have joined Napoli last summer instead of agreeing a loan spell with the Bundesliga side from Chelsea.
The 23-year-old who is currently on the books at Chelsea and is spending a season on loan with Stuttgart but it has been revealed that he wanted join Rafael Benitez in Naples.
“Romeu is currently playing in the Bundesliga, but if Napoli had made the approach earlier, things probably would’ve turned out differently.”
Like many other of Jose Mourinho’s young talents, Romeu is learning his trade abroad before hopefully being intertwined into the first team in the future.
Romeu began his career in Barcelona’s youth academy before being snapped up by Chelsea in 2011.
The defensive midfielder has made 22 appearances for the Premier League side during two full years spent at the club before getting more game time elsewhere.
During the 2013/14 season he spent a year with Valencia and he made just thirteen appearances.
When he returned in the summer he signed a new deal to stay at the Bridge but then it was revealed by the club that Romeu would be sent out on loan for a full season in the German top flight.
This season has been a lot more fruitful for Romeu as he has featured in seven of Stuttgart’s eight league games however the Swabians are currently 15th with just one win in this campaign.
Despite the poor results, Romeu has enjoyed gaining more first team football and he revealed last month that he could be persuaded to stay if Stuttgart opt to turn his loan spell into a permanent switch.
Piazon is also assessing his options
Another Chelsea starlet who is enjoying his time in the Bundesliga is attacking midfielder, Lucas Piazon.
The young Brazilian joined Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of the season and has already become a crowd pleaser in the German league.
Piazon opened his account for his new club against Hamburg by scoring this unbelievable free kick to win his side all three points.
Piazon is one of 26 Chelsea players currently sent out on loan by Jose Mourinho and he is another prodigy who is being tempted by more first team football.
First team football or patience for places?
It is hard for Romeu to break through at Chelsea given how well Nemanja Matic is playing and Piazon may have to wait a while to get his chance ahead of the club’s more experienced attacking talents.
It all depends whether the players value their playing time elsewhere in Europe more than a glamorous apprenticeship under Mourinho.