Romeu rules out Barca return

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has dismissed reports linking him with a return to Barcelona by stating he is happy on the south coast.

The 25-year-old has made 55 league starts for the Saints since joining the club permanently from Chelsea in the summer of 2015 and has become an integral part of Claude Puel’s side.

"I've been at Chelsea and Barcelona and haven't played, and I don't want to have this feeling,” Romeu is quoted as saying by the Southampton Echo.

"I'm feeling very happy here, 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'm very pleased with what they've done for me and I just want to give this love back – I feel respected. If teammates have problems, sometimes they come and ask me.

"I'm an important part of the dressing room, which in the way you play gives you that respect.

"It's something I've always been looking for, and now that I have it I'm really enjoying it."

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