Southampton - Oriol
Romeu says he's a better player for having joined Southampton and had
no hesitation in signing a new deal at the ambitious south coast club.
The defensive midfielder joined the Saints from Chelsea for £5million
in August 2015 and has gone onto become an integral part of the team,
playing in 30 games under Claude Puel already this term.
At just 25-year-old, he should be giving his best year's of service
to the Saints, having signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal.
Speaking to the club's official website, he said: "I've felt good
improvement in my game and I don't want to stop. I think we all can get
better, we all can improve so many things, so this is my target right
"I'm feeling very good playing, and taking every opportunity that the
coach gives me, to prove that I want to be there every game and to help
the team as much as I can.
"I think that's helping the team, that's helping myself, and I want to keep developing that football that I'm doing right now."
A former Espanyol and Barcelona man, who also spent time on loan at
Valencia and Stuttgart during his time with Chelsea, Romeu was twice
voted the club’s Under Armour Player of the Month, for September and
He added: "I couldn’t be any happier to have this new contract with the club.
"Ever since I came here I have felt very, very good. Everything has
been positive for me. I have developed myself and been getting better
Executive Director of Football Les Reed was naturally very happy to have tied down such a key player.
He said: "We’re delighted that Oriol has extended his commitment to Southampton Football Club.
"We’re confident he will continue to build on what has been an impressive 18 months since he joined us from Chelsea.
"At the age of 25, Oriol still has the capacity to develop and
progress as an individual, and we’re very pleased that he sees
Southampton as the perfect environment for him to do just that."
Southampton next travel to Anfield on Wednesday in the return leg of the League Cup semi-final holding a 1-0 advantage over Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.
Kick off is at 22:00.