the piece that Girona wants is waiting

the piece that Girona wants is waiting

GIRONA“It’s been many years, but the illusion is not lost. Physically, I feel very well, eager to continue fighting.” These are the words of Oriol Romeu, who has an agreement with Girona until 2025 and should end seven consecutive seasons in the Premier League to return to Catalonia, where it all began. The Catalan club has had to negotiate hard with Southampton – the figures have not transpired – and the footballer has reduced his salary so that everything ends well and the transfer can be made official this Thursday. Seconds The Athletic, City have been key in the operation as two of their under-23 players, Edozie and Larios, swap Manchester for Southampton. This would completely open the door to Romeo, the piece that Míchel wanted, but which is being made to wait.

The midfielder is not just any player. Brought up in the Blaugrana squad, he has a very tasty resume that will help Girona in their third adventure in the Primera, which has started with a spoil of three possible nine points. He had to emigrate due to the lack of minutes in what is considered the best Barça in history. The success of La Masia led to a talent collapse. It was difficult to make a name for yourself among Busquets, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Keita, Mascherano or Thiago. It was done in England, where he won a Champions League with Chelsea. He returned to Spain to play for Valencia, passed through Germany to join Stuttgart, and nostalgia brought him back to the Premier League, where he is considered a legend at Southampton. He had one year left on his contract there, so the call from Girona could not have come at a more opportune time. He has been clear about “Yes, I want”.

Romeu has become richer over time: his time in the world’s major leagues has helped him master some concepts that he now wants to put into practice at Montilivi. “Where I feel most comfortable is in defensive tasks. I don’t dislike having the ball, but I’ve had to make a living using my body in disputes. I grew up practicing the possession game and I adapted towards a football where it was about recovering many balls in the opposite field”, it is defined. At Girona, a priori, he would be a starter in the middle of the field, where Míchel needs his craft and experience.

Gazzaniga, close to occupying the goal

The club will not strengthen with Pere Pons, of a different profile and with whom there were talks without understanding. Free after his contract with Alabès ended, he had the added bonus of being a home-grown player, but has ended up at AEK Larnaca in Cyprus. Who does Girona want is a goalkeeper, an obligation: Paulo Gazzaniga, from Fulham, is the main candidate. The list also includes Agustín Rossi, from Boca Juniors and who would sign thanks to the City Group.


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