Chelsea’s newest Spanish midfielder Oriol Romeu has said he will not say a ‘no’ to a Barcelona return and may look to return to his boyhood club in the near future.
Romeu has joined Chelsea last week in a deal worth £4.36m ($7 million) after failing to secure regular first-team appearances for Barca.
"You never know what could happen in the future, I will always support Barca and I hope someday I can return there," Romeu said at a press conference. “But right now, what I want is to succeed at Chelsea and be fine there.”
Romeu, 19, however, said that he is extremely happy to play in the English Premier League and expressed his relief that the deal was finally done.
"The two clubs had been talking about this subject for weeks and all I wanted was it to be over as quickly as possible so I could be focused here [the U20 World Cup], which is what interests me right now," Romeu added.
Barcelona, if they want to buy back Romeu from Chelsea, will have to acquire him for £8.7 million ($14 million) next summer, or for £13.1 million ($21 million) in the summer of 2013, according to a metro report.
Romeu arrived in Barcelona's youth academy in 2004, from RCD Espanyol, and progressed through the youth academy until breaking into the reserve team. He was reported to drawn attention from Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger.
Romeu made his first La Liga appearance, playing the last 10 minutes of a 0–0 home draw against Deportivo de La Coruna.