Southampton sign former Barcelona youngster

Southampton have completed the signing of former Barcelona youngster Oriol Romeu from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

The 23-year-old has signed a three-year contract at St Mary’s.

Romeu has spent time on loan at Valencia and Stuttgart during his spell at Chelsea.

“It’s very good to be a part of this club,” Romeu told Southampton’s official website. “I was looking for a good club and for something new in my career.

“After spending two years on loan, I needed something permanent and a club with a future – and I think I chose the right one.

“Southampton are doing the right things in the last few years and, once they came to me and asked me to come here, from the first day I was hoping to come.

“Now I just want to keep going and to keep developing as a player, and I’m looking forward to start playing as soon as possible.”