Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

It was our second day of training at Real Mallorca's base this morning (Wednesday) and for Oriol Romeu it was an opportunity to renew some acquaintances at a familiar ground.

The Blues no.6 had previously taken part in competitive football on the pitch Chelsea have been training on during the warm-weather training camp, having played against Real Mallorca's second string.

'I played here in a Barcelona B match - a 2-2 draw I think - and I have been here maybe two or three times,' he told the official Chelsea website after a training session in which his left-footed long-range goal caused more than a few screams from the Mallorcan youngsters watching behind the goal.

'I never scored a goal like that here before!' he laughed, 'but it's a nice place and a very good pitch. We chose very well in coming here.'

After the game, Romeu took a long time to make the short walk from the field to the dressing room, such was the popularity of he and his team-mates among the locals. The presence of fellow Spanish icons, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata, caused quite a stir and they took time, along with all their team-mates, to pose for photos for the teenage Real Mallorca prospects.

'I was speaking to some friends I have at the club here after training,' Romeu explained. 'It's good to see them again and it has given us the chance to speak to each other about how our careers are going. It's been a long time since I saw the guys here and to speak to them and exchange training shirts with them is really nice.

'It's been good to return to Spain for a few days with Chelsea. We have spent a few good days here now and it has been nice weather, a nice town and, I think, to disconnect from things in England has been very good for us.


'There is a change of mentality, a change of the routine, a change to the everyday because we are training on a different pitch, in a different city, in different weather and that helps. Just to do something different is a good idea in the middle of the season and this weather makes everybody happy.'

Training itself was a high-tempo affair with some small-scale competitive games on a half-pitch, while Frank Lampard joined the squad today after flying out yesterday. He followed an individual training routine on the side of the main training pitch on his return from the small calf muscle tear he suffered at Norwich last Saturday.


Tomorrow, the players will train once again at the same site before returning home in the afternoon.