Oriol Romeu 'pleased' to sign new contract with Southampton
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Oriol Romeu has signed a two and a half-year extension with Southampton, having entered the final year of his contract.

The Spanish midfielder signed from Chelsea for a reported £6.3m in 2015 and has since gone onto make 198 appearances in all competitions, with 167 of those coming in the Premier League.

2020/21 marked the final season of his contract with the 29-year-old 'pleased' to sign an extension with Saints.

Romeu pleased to have extended his stay

Speaking with the club's official website, he said: "Staying here for longer is just what I wanted and I’m so happy and so pleased to get to this point.

"It’s been six years now and has been a long journey, but I’m very excited and haven’t felt as good as I’m feeling right now, so I want to keep this momentum going as long as possible."

The former Barcelona man now considers the club home and has been happy with their efforts to tie him down.

He added: “It does really feel like home. I know everyone around now and they also know me. It’s great to commit to the club for longer and I’m very happy they also insisted on me staying. I’ve always tried to help the team the best I can and that’s paid off. The feelings right now are very good and we all feel very optimistic, and we must carry on like this.”

Happy manager

Romeu wasn't the only person pleased to have completed the deal, as was his manager Ralph Hasenhuttl who was full of praise for his midfield man.

Also speaking with the club's website, he said: "I have not seen many players who are as professional as Oriol in my time as a manager. He gives his absolute commitment in everything that he does, whether it is in training or in a match, and this is a great example to set."

The former Chelsea player has a total of nine times in all competitions thus far this season with one goal to his name in that time. Although he has never been prolific during his stint on the South Coast with six goals to his name in almost as many years.

Romeu has been a key part of Southampton's success so far this season and could feature again this weekend as Saints take on Wolves in the Premier League, of which you can catch all the build-up and coverage here on VAVEL.