Oriol Romeu is still hopeful of having a successful career with Chelsea despite the fact his last competitive appearance for the club came two-and-a-half years ago.
The Spanish youth international was originally brought to Stamford Bridge by Andre Villas-Boas in a £4.4million deal from Barcelona. The Portuguese had high hopes for Romeu, but once he lost his job, the midfielder also lost his place in the Chelsea team.
Having failed to establish himself under Roberto Di Matteo or Rafa Benitez, and after suffering a serious knee injury against Sunderland in 2010, Romeu has found himself shifted out on loan.
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Last season he enjoyed a successful spell at Valencia and this season he finds himself as a first team regular for Bundesliga outfit Stuttgart.
Now, 23, Romeu realises he still has plenty of time to convince Jose Mourinho that he is good enough for the Chelsea squad.
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"Last summer, I was training with the team in pre-season. Then the club explained that they were looking at a loan deal. They said they believe in me but it was best for my development this season to play regularly."
After revealing what Mourinho said to him before he went on loan, Romeu pointed to Nemanja Matic as an example of players who can improve if they have the proper commitment.
"They said they see me as part of their future. I look at Matic, for example, the way he went away for a while and then came back and I'd love to replicate that. I still dream of making it properly at Chelsea.
"I still do not know what will happen next season - of course I would love to return to Chelsea but I also want to be playing football."
Unfortunately for Romeu, Chelsea's business plan means he is probably seen more as a commodity than a potential first-team star.
Mourinho and Stamford Bridge officials will be hoping to cash in on Romeu and hopefully make a profit on their original outlay.
It is similar to what Chelsea have done with Romelu Lukaku, Thorgan Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne. Only if he becomes an exceptional star, like Thibaut Courtois, is he likely to be invited back to west London.
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