Premier League - Chelsea midfielder leaves on loan just weeks after signing new deal

Oriol Romeu, who signed a new contract at Chelsea this summer, has been loaned to Stuttgart for the season.

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Oriol Romeu (C) of Chelsea congratulates goal scorer, Nemanja Matic during the pre season friendly match between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea

Romeu, 22, has featured frequently in pre-season but will spend another season away from Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish midfielder - who has 33 appearances for the Blues - spent last season with Valencia in La Liga.

Romeu only recently signed a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge and was thought to be back in Jose Mourinho's plans.

But he will now look to prove himself again - this time in the Bundesliga.

A statement on Chelsea's website read: "Oriol Romeu has today (Monday) joined Stuttgart on a season-long loan.

"The midfielder, 22, who recently signed a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge, heads to the German top flight.

"The Spaniard moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2011 from Barcelona, and has so far made 33 Chelsea appearances. He spent last season on loan at Valencia."

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