Oriol Romeu's time at Chelsea has been anything steady. Injuries, bad performances and never really breaking through at the club have all helped to his exit.
Chelsea signed Oriol Romeu from FC Barcelona in 2011 in a deal worth €5 million. The deal also gave Barcelona first refusal via a buy back option should Chelsea deem him surplus to requirements, seeing Barcelona pay €10 million in 2012 or €15 million in 2013 to bring him back to the Camp Nou.
In December 2011, Chelsea issued a statement regarding the deal surrounding Romeu's buy back clause with Barcelona. The statement highlighted that the Blaugrana did not have an automatic buy back clause as first suggested; only having first refusal on any deal if the Blues wanted to sell him in the future.
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Oriol Romeu managed to play 33 games for Chelsea and one goal from the penalty-spot against Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2012. He played all of his 33 games for Chelsea in his first two seasons before he got a bad knee injury against Fulham back in the end of 2012. It was an injury that kept him out for the remaining 2012/2013 season and prevented him in playing for Chelsea again.
When Mourinho arrived in 2013, he loaned Romeu to Valencia for the whole of the 2013/2014 season. He made his debut for Valencia in a 1-3 defeat to Real Betis on September 15. His time in Valencia was troubled with injuries. He managed 18 games for the Spanish club.
After coming back from Valencia he signed a new contract with Chelsea that would keep him at the club until 2017.
The contract extension didn't prevent him from being loaned out and on August 4 he was loaned to German side VfL Stuttgart where Romeu made his debut for Stuttgart against Borussia Mönchengladbach which ended in a 1–1 draw. Stuttgart fought relegation the whole 2014/2015 but managed to survive.
Now he will not be loaned out. Instead, he is being sold to Southampton on a three-year deal for a reported £5 million.