Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has spoken out over his position at the club having been linked with a move back to his former club Barcelona.
The Spanish midfielder, who joined Chelsea from the Catalan giants before moving to the south coast, has been linked with a move back to La Liga since January, but has said he’s happy with the Saints.
Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, the 25-year-old said;
“It’s something very nice [being linked with Barcelona], of course,
“I had been there for many years and know the level of players,
“Being linked with the club is always something nice but, luckily, I’ve been at Chelsea and Barcelona and haven’t played and I don’t want to be there again and I don’t want to have this feeling [of not playing].
“I’m feeling very happy here [at Saints] and I won’t give this away.
“The club has given me a massive welcome since the beginning, signing a new contract in January, and this support and confidence they have given me is something that no one has done before.
“I feel very pleased for that and I wouldn’t say I’ve just stopped here, I’m very pleased with what they’ve done for me and I just want to give this love back.”
The industrious midfielder was handed the thankless task of having to fill the boots of the departed Victor Wanyama at the start of the campaign, and has played out of his socks since taking on that burden.
The former Chelsea man has been the player of the season for Claude Puel so far, along with the injured Van Dijk, and has been crucial in allowing those ahead of him to go on and play free-flowing football having returned to a 4-2-3-1 in recent weeks.