VFB Stuttgart midfielder Oriol Romeu says he wants to return to parent club Chelsea and assert himself as a key player for Jose Mourinho, just like Nemanja Matic.
The Barcelona academy product still feels his best is yet to come and has been keen to voice his desire to make an impact of note with Chelsea.
Romeu joined Chelsea from FC Barcelona in 2011, yet despite some promising performances at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard has found himself on loan at Valencia and VFB Stuttgart over the last two years.
Current Zenit St Petersburg manager Andre Villas Boas bought Romeu to London during his disappointing tenure in charge of Chelsea. The 23-year-old has since seen four managers in as many years at Chelsea. It is perhaps this inconsistency at the helm of Chelsea that has led to Romeu's inability to impress in west London.
"Last summer, I was training with the team in pre-season," he told reporters.
"Then the club explained they were looking at a loan deal. They said they believed in me but it was best for my development this season to play regularly.
"They said they see me as part of their future. I look at Nemanja 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."
Romeu hasn't been a regular for German side Stuttgart, who currently sit bottom of the Bundesliga. Although making 25 Bundesliga appearances, Ecuadorian Carlos Gruezo and January signing Serey Die have all been played in VFB Stuttgart's defensive midfield position.
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