Romeu relishing senior Chelsea role


Oriol Romeu is hoping his back-to-back appearances for Chelsea are not a flash in the senior pan.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window from Barcelona, has featured in every League Cup game this season, including last night's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool.

However, his impressive performance in the 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Wolves suggests more opportunities could be coming the way of the young Spaniard, and Romeu is hoping he can take his chance after injury ruined his progression at the Nou Camp.

"It was unfortunate that I had the knee injury last season, you never know what the situation could have been at Barcelona," he told the official Chelsea website.

"I'm happy with how the last couple of weeks are going at Chelsea, I've got to play more and more and hopefully in the forthcoming time that will continue.

"The more minutes I play on the pitch the more confident I am, and it was a nice feeling to start a match in the Premier League."

The youngster is taking nothing for granted in west London though, and is well aware of the competition for places particularly in central midfield.

That won't stop Romeu from fighting for a regular role in the senior side mind you, with the player loving life in London and enjoying the culture that comes with football in England.

"One of the things that appealed to me the most was the style of play of English football, so it was a good opportunity for me to come here," he added.

"I came here because I had the option to spend more time training at the top level as well as playing; it was one of the main reasons.

"La Masia (the Barcelona academy) has a great reputation because so many players have graduated successfully from there, and while I was there I was treated really well, but this is an exciting new experience in England."

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