Oriol Romeu has hinted that he could leave Chelsea on a permanent basis after revealing that he could imagine joining Stuttgart for the long term, reports the Daily Star.
The Spaniard, who joined the Bundesliga outfit on a season-long loan deal this past summer, has been proving his credential's in Germany's elite division of late, and it now appears that he could stay at the club beyond the end of this campaign.
Since joining Chelsea from Barcelona back in 2011, Romeu has failed to establish himself in the club's first-team, so it's not completely surprising that he's now considering a move away from the English giants for good.
When asked whether he'd be interested in a permanent move to Stuttgart, the midfield ace told Kicker:
"I could imagine that. I don't know what Chelsea plans."
Romeu, then, after 33 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit, may well leave the club behind as he goes in search of taking his career to the next level. Of course, Blues boss Jose Mourinho may yet opt to keep the 23-year-old at the Bridge, but a return to west London is looking increasingly unlikely.
With a number of top midfielders already plying their trade at the club, it would certainly prove difficult for the talented Spaniard to breakthrough into the first team on a consistent basis.
The Blues, of course, have the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Nemanja Matic, Oscar and Co. already at their disposal, so Romeu would have his work cut out if he was to return to the club in the near future.
A decision regarding Romeu may well be put on hold for now, with the Blues boss concentrating on bringing silverware to the club this season. In fact, after Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield in the Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg last night, the Blues could yet secure the quadruple this season.
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