Chelsea's forgotten midfielder Oriol Romeu is doubtful Barcelona will activate a clause in his contract to re-sign him this summer, maintaining he is very happy at Stamford Bridge.
The 21-year-old midfielder was signed by Andre Villas-Boas during his reign as Chelsea manager in the summer of 2011 after making just one appearance for Barcelona's senior team, awarded to him by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.
Chelsea managed to secure a deal for the highly rated Spaniard that summer, but only by agreeing to a string of clauses that ensured the Catalan club could snare Romeu back in the future. The midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge for a reported €5 million, a move including terms by which Barca could bring him back to the Nou Camp last summer for €10 million or €15 million during the upcoming transfer window.
Having suffered a knee injury in December that ended his season, the Spaniard was robbed of his chance assert himself in the Chelsea midfield. Aware that Barcelona's option to resign him will expire this summer, Romeu is keen to continue to focus on life at Chelsea.
"Little has been said really," Romeu told El Iberico when asked of the clause in his contract, "It is a lot of money today (€15 million). But I am very happy here and I still have two years on my contract."
Following the summer departures of Michael Essien and Raul Meireles, Romeu was told by Roberto Di Matteo that first team opportunities would soon follow.
The Italian's subsequent dismissal changed the scenario, but perhaps for the better, as Romeu went on to start three of Rafa Benitez's first five games as Chelsea boss, before knee surgery ensured hopes of a first team role were dashed.
While he has been side lined, Romeu has watched the likes of Cristian Tello, Martin Montoya and Marc Batra become increasingly involved in Tito Vilanova's first team plans at Barcelona.
The trio once lined up alongside Romeu in the Barcelona B ranks, perhaps reminding him of what could have been had he remained in Catalonia. But the Blues midfielder highlights the importance of getting first team football as a driving force behind his personal aspirations.
With Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara occupying midfield roles at his former club, Romeu knows his chances of breaking into perhaps the best central midfield in Europe would be slim.
"I want to play and be happy," the midfielder added. "When Rafa Benitez arrived, I got minutes, which is what I wanted.
"If you think about going to another club and you do not play it is difficult. Playing in the midfield for a club like Barcelona is virtually impossible. If I can make a difference here (at Chelsea) it would be great."
The Catalan midfielder returned to light training late on in March, and will continue his rehabilitation over the summer.