Oriol Romeu admits shock in direction of Barcelona return

Oriol Romeu has admitted he didn’t count on to seal a return to Barcelona this summer season.

The 31-year-old La Masia graduate secured an emotional transfer again to Camp Nou 12 years after he left the membership for Chelsea in 2011, serving to to fill the void left behind by Sergio Busquets’ departure to Inter Miami.

It is the end result of a whirlwind 12 months which noticed Romeu return to La Liga with Girona and assist kind probably the most thrilling groups in Spanish soccer, with Barcelona losing little time in bringing him in at Xavi’s request.

“The worth of returning to Barça is immense,” Romeu instructed membership media. “Carrying this shirt once more means lots.

“Now I’ve the problem of serving to the workforce have an important yr, adapting as shortly as potential to all the pieces the coach asks of me and beginning to give an important efficiency from the primary minute.


“Truthfully, I did not think about returning [to Barcelona]. While you’re centered on competing and performing on the highest degree in the course of the season, you do not contemplate what might occur sooner or later. Now, final season, at Girona, your complete squad maintained an important degree and that made me really feel very comfy.

“All this has allowed me to take that large step which means a lot to me, that makes me so excited and that I face as an impressive problem.”

Romeu added: “While you depart Barça, you’re feeling unhappy as a result of by some means the door to your dream of creating it to the primary workforce closes. Nonetheless, on the identical time, new challenges and new hopes open up for you. Someway it’s a must to survive and adapt to a brand new actuality, tradition and even nation. A footballer’s profession goes round and also you be taught from completely different coaches, teammates and leagues.”

Filling the outlet left behind by Busquets is an unenviable job and Romeu admitted he’s up for what is a gigantic problem.

“I can be taught many issues from Busquets, virtually all the pieces he did on the pitch,” he mentioned. “His potential to present calm and steadiness to the workforce is admirable. Additionally, the perseverance and excessive efficiency that he confirmed in all duels, I barely bear in mind a foul sport from Busquets.

“He’s an instance to observe, all of us gamers who just like the pivot place have had him as a reference. Returning to the membership and filling this place in the very best approach is a superb problem.”


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