Southampton's Oriol Romeu happy at club despite Barcelona return links

Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu has said he wants to stay at the club amid reports linking him with a potential return to Barcelona.

Romeu, 25, stressed that he feels contented on the south coast after becoming a key player in Claude Puel's team this season.

The Southampton Echo quoted him as saying that being linked with Barcelona "is always something nice."

But he added: "I've been at Chelsea and Barcelona and haven't played, and I don't want to have this feeling.

"I'm feeling very happy here, and I won't give this away.

"The club has given me a massive welcome since the beginning, signing a new contract in January, and this support and confidence they have given me is something that no one has done before.

"I'm very pleased with what they've done for me and I just want to give this love back."

Romeu, who signed from Chelsea in a £5 million deal in August 2015, said he felt he had also taken on an important role off the pitch.

"I feel respected. If teammates have problems, sometimes they come and ask me," he added.

"I'm an important part of the dressing room, which in the way you play gives you that respect.

"It's something I've always been looking for, and now that I have it I'm really enjoying it."