Chelsea midfielder, Oriol Romeu has handed the Blues an ultimatum, insisting he needs to be given a chance at Stamford Bridge or he will be forced to make his current loan deal a permanent one.
The Spaniard joined the Bundesliga side, Stuttgart, on loan over the summer, following a loan spell with Valencia last season. Romeu insists he will leave Chelsea for good if they cannot offer regular playing time at the club.
“My main objective is to grow and improve my game and I think I can still improve a lot,” said the 23 year old, who only penned a new contract with his parent club in the summer.
“The Bundesliga is a good league to grow in and become a better player.
“We’ll see what happens, but now I’m focused on the present and helping the team.
“I don’t know what will happen in the next few years but I will never say no to staying in Stuttgart because they have treated me amazingly so far and I’m really happy here.”
The Blues have a strong host of midfield players and have signed the likes Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas in 2014, meaning competition for places will be very tough for Romeu. The 23 year old is however hoping that he can do enough to secure a permanent place in Mourinho’s starting line next season.
Romeu who wanted to quit Chelsea in order to secure a permanent deal with Valencia last season extended his contract with the Blues in the summer.
Romeu 23, signed a three year deal contract at Stamford Bridge in July only to join the Bundesliga club weeks later on a season long loan deal, his second consecutive spell away from Chelsea.
The Spaniard has swiftly adjusted to life in Germany and has started all seven of Stuttgart’s games this season, having made just 22 league appearances for the Blues, after joining from Barcelona in 2011.
Having already played in three major leagues [Premier League, Spanish la liga and the Bundesliga] in his young career, Romeu believes he is becoming accustomed to life in Germany and has admits he would have no problems in quitting Chelsea if the option of a permanent move arises.
“The league is growing, and has grown a lot in the last few years,” Romeu told Bundesliga.com.
“That’s why people are coming here from other countries, not only from Spain.
“I’m really pleased to be here in this country and in this league because it is one of the best in Europe – and in the world. When you see the league from abroad it looks really good and you thing ‘hopefully one day I can play there’. So when I had the opportunity to come here I had no doubt that it would be a great experience for me.
“We’ll see what happens, but now I’m focused on the moment and helping the team. I don’t know what will happen in the next few years but I will never say no staying in Stuttgart because they have treated me amazingly and so far I am really happy here. I want the club to be happy with me and I want to feel I am doing a good job.”
The 23-year-old arrived at Stamford Bridge as one of Andre Villas-Boas’ first signings but a ligament injury shattered his progress at the club. He returned to his homeland for a loan spell at Valencia last season where his time at the Mestalla convinced Mourinho to hand the player a new deal.