Southampton confirm signing of Oriol Romeu from Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has completed a £5 million move to Southampton in a three-year deal.

The 23-year-old has played a bit part role at the Blues since his most to west London in 2011 - making just 34 appearances - and has been on loan for the previous two seasons at Stuttgart and Valencia.

Despite his injury-plagued time at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard tasted Champions League success with the club in 2012, though was uninvolved in that season's FA Cup nor 2013 Europa League triumphs.


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A knee injury suffered in December 2012 ultimately ended Romeu's Chelsea career, however he will be hoping for a brand new start when he joins his new team-mates under the reign of Ronald Koeman, whom he is excited to work with.

Speaking to the club's YouTube channel, he said: “That’s what I was looking for when I came here - a coach like him who can teach me a lot. He knows life as a player, and it will be very good for me to work under Ronald Koeman.”

Having been on loan for the last two seasons, Romeo continued to express a need to move on and establish himself as a stalwart rather than a loanee.

“After spending two years on loan, I needed something permanent and a club with a future – and I think I chose the right one.”

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