Romeu playing for Chelsea in 2012
|Full name||Oriol Romeu Vidal|
|Date of birth||24 September 1991|
|Place of birth||Ulldecona, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|Current club||Valencia (loan from Chelsea)|
|2013–||→ Valencia (loan)||9||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 February 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Oriol Romeu Vidal (born 24 September 1991) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Valencia CF on loan from Chelsea in the Premier League. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also operate as a central defender.
Born in Ulldecona, Tarragona, Catalonia, Romeu arrived in FC Barcelona's youth academy in 2004, from neighbours RCD Espanyol, and progressed through the club's youth academy until breaking into the reserve team. Manager Pep Guardiola handed him his first appearance for the senior side in a friendly against Kuwaiti team Kazma Sporting Club, and subsequently included him in the squad for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup which took place in Abu Dhabi.
Romeu was included in the nineteen-man Barcelona squad on 13 August 2010, due to the need to rest some of Barça's Spanish internationals. He was to face Sevilla FC in the first leg of the season's Spanish Supercup. He made his official competitive debut in that game, playing the full ninety minutes in the 1–3 away loss.
Romeu made his first La Liga appearance on 15 May 2011, playing the last ten minutes of a 0–0 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruña in the place of another club youth graduate, Jonathan dos Santos.
Reports began to link Romeu with a move to Chelsea on 22 July 2011. The following day he agreed terms for his transfer, pending a medical or personal terms as he was away on international duty at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup. On 4 August the English club announced the completion of the transfer, with the player signing a four-year contract in a deal worth €5 million – the deal also gave Barcelona first refusal via a buy back option should Chelsea deem him surplus to requirements, seeing Barcelona pay €10 million in 2012 or €15 million in 2013 to bring him back to the Camp Nou; he was given the number 6 shirt for the new campaign.
Romeu made his official debut for Chelsea on 10 September 2011, being brought on as a substitute in the 79th minute of the 2–1 away win against Sunderland. He received his first start on the 21st, in a 0–0 draw (penalty shootout win) against Fulham for the season's Football League Cup.
Romeu's first UEFA Champions League appearance came on 19 October 2011, playing the full 90 minutes in a 5–0 group stage home win against K.R.C. Genk. He also added 76 minutes in the second game between the two teams, a 1–1 draw in Belgium.
The opportunity for his first start for Chelsea in the Premier League was against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 26 November 2011, putting in a solid performance in a 3–0 home win. He retained his position for the following league game, against Newcastle United at St James' Park, which finished with the same score.
In December 2011, Chelsea issued a statement regarding the deal surrounding Romeu's buy back clause with Barcelona. The statement highlighted that the Blaugrana did not have an automatic buy back clause as first suggested, only having first refusal on any deal if the Blues wanted to sell him in the future.
On 25 September 2012 Romeu scored his first goal for Chelsea, taking a penalty in a 6–0 win against Wolves at Stamford Bridge for the season's League Cup. Manager Roberto Di Matteo stated that the departures of Yossi Benayoun, Michael Essien and Raul Meireles would mean more playing opportunities for the Spaniard; however, on 11 December, he suffered a knee injury in a game against Sunderland, being sidelined for the rest of the season.
After making his professional début for Barça in 2009, Romeu became a mainstay in the under-19 and under-20 national teams, featuring heavily in the 2010 UEFA Under-19 Championship elite qualification round.
- Spain U17
- As of 16 November 2013
- "Player profile: Oriol Romeu". Premier League. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
- Villas-Boas: Why i want Oriol; Chelsea's official website, 23 July 2011
- Stoke City plot shock swoop for Barcelona starlet Oriol Romeu; Goal.com, 4 January 2010
- "Nine B team players in squad for Seville". Barcelona's official website. 13 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "Debutan Miño, Sergi Gómez, Romeu y Adriano" [Debut for Miño, Sergi Gómez, Romeu and Adriano] (in Spanish). Barcelona's official website. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2010.
- "Barca back-ups draw blank". ESPN Soccernet. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- Chelsea close in on Barcelona midfielder Oriol Romeu; The Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2011
- "Oriol deal completed". Chelsea's official website. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011.
- Chelsea sign midfielder Oriol Romeu from Barcelona; BBC Sport, 4 August 2011
- "Squad numbers announced". Chelsea's official website. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- "Sunderland 1–2 Chelsea". BBC Sport. 10 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- "Chelsea 0–0 Fulham". BBC Sport. 21 September 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.
- "Chelsea 5 v 0 Genk". Chelsea's official website. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Blues cruise past Wolves to ease pressure on AVB". ESPN Soccernet. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "Chelsea victorious in Toon cracker". ESPN Soccernet. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "Chelsea clarify Oriol Romeu's contract". Chelsea's official website. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
- Villas-Boas: Our Oriol; Chelsea's official website, 11 December 2011
- "Chelsea 6–0 Wolverhampton Wanderers". Chelsea's official website. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
- "Oriol Romeu: Chelsea midfielder out for six months". BBC Sport. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
- "Official VCF statement". Valencia's official website. 12 July 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2013.
- "Betis bag victory". Sky Sports. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
- Thiago and Romeu to participate in the European U-19 Championship; FC Barcelona news, 20 July 2009
- "Oriol Romeu". Soccerway. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Chelsea official profile
- FC Barcelona profile
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Oriol Romeu career stats at Soccerbase
- Oriol Romeu – FIFA competition record
- Transfermarkt profile