Barcelona signing explains what Xavi demands from him

Oriol Romeu has signed a three-year contract with Barcelona.

The 31-year-old midfielder is back for a second stint after leaving Girona and will take over from Sergio Busquets in the coming season.

Barcelona needed a strong presence in the middle of the park and Romeu seems a natural replacement for club legend Busquets.

He is a homegrown player with Barcelona DNA and dominates positional play to perfection.

“He needed a more positional midfield figure. He had slightly more mobile centre-halves, who could drive more metres, but the figure in front of the defense was still lacking,” he said.

“This was his wish, that I could play this role. It’s a type of work that I’m good at. And I think I can contribute a lot, both in attack and defence.”

“I want to fight to get a lot of minutes and to help the team with whatever is needed. I see myself in an optimal moment, physically and mentally, to be able to have many minutes.”


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