Romeu targets Chelsea impact

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Oriol Romeu is hoping to take advantage of the great opportunity that's come his way at Chelsea.

The Barcelona B starlet was speaking to the English media for the first time yesterday since completing his move to Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, and admitted he was eager to learn from some of the top players in west London.

Under no illusions that first team football will be hard to earn, Romeu is firstly aiming to prove himself on the training ground before forcing his way into the plans of manager Andre Villas-Boas.

"This is one of the best clubs in the world, the coach expressed an interest in me and I thought it would be a wise choice to take advantage of being part of such a huge club," said Romeu in relation to the move.

"I have been interested in this club for a while now. I understand there are a lot of high-level footballers here but my aim is to keep improving and learn from the other footballers around me and work hard as part of this team.

"I am just going to make the most of the experience and take advantage of all the opportunities that arrive. I am going to work hard in training and give it my all, and earn whatever opportunity arises to play in the first team. I am not setting myself important long-term goals, I'm just going to give it my all during every training session."


The 19-year-old joins a growing Spanish contingent at the club, with Fernando Torres and Romeu also set to be joined by compatriot Juan Mata at the club should the deal be finalised in the coming days.

With Spaniards also involved in the medical department under Villas-Boas, the transition from life in La Liga to England hasn't been so tough for Romeu, who was quick to thank those who have helped him settle.

"It's great news for me. He is a wonderful player and I think he can contribute a lot to the team if this goes through," said Romeu on the possible Mata deal.

"I'm really grateful to both Fernando Torres and [sports therapist] Ivan [Ortega]. This is a huge club, and it can be intimidating when you arrive somewhere new but these people have helped me a great deal with different issues like looking for a house and I am obviously incredible grateful to them."

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