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Thomas Vermaelen has joined AS Roma on loan.

Thomas Vermaelen's Barcelona stats as defender joins Roma

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Thomas Vermaelen has joined AS Roma on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

The Italian club have announced the arrival of the Belgian defender for €2 million. Roma have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season for a further €8m.

It brings to an end two largely, well, successful seasons for Vermaelen, although he didn’t have to do a whole lot during his time in Spain to leave with seven honours.

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Barcelona signed him from Arsenal for £15 million in 2014, and he proceeded to make 21 appearances in total for the club.

Yet he leaves with two La Liga and two Copa del Rey winners medals and a Champions League winner. The former Ajax defender also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup last year. Not bad at all.

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But Barcelona fans won’t miss Vermaelen, and the stats give a clear indicator as to why.

The less-than-impressive stats

Appearances: 21 (W16, D4, L1).

Goals: One.

Vermaelen played just 569 of a possible 6840 minutes (8.3%) in the last two La Liga seasons, per WhoScored.

The former Ajax defender hasn't played 15 games or more in a league season since 2012-13, according to KICK.

Here are some more stats that will have Roma fans wincing.

Injuries plagued the 30-year-old during his first season in Catalonia, limiting him to just one appearance. That came in a 63-minute appearance against Deportivo La Coruna, when the title had already been clinched.

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Surplus to requirements

He wasn’t riddled with injuries last term but was unable to overtake Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano in the pecking order.

And with Samuel Umtiti arriving from Lyon in June, Vermaelen was deemed surplus to requirements by Luis Enrique.

Farewell, Vermaelen. You will be forgotten.

Here's his one and only highlight, a goal against Malaga in a 1-0 win last August.

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