Romeu: Barcelona striker Villa would be welcome at Chelsea

The Spanish midfielder, currently ruled out of action for six months, has urged the London club to sign the Barcelona attacker after recent speculation over the forward's future

Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has tipped Barcelona’s out-of-favour striker David Villa to join the Premier League club, saying he would be welcome at Stamford Bridge.

Speculation has been rife over the forward’s future of late, with several clubs linked with Spain’s leading goalscorer – including fellow Premier League outfit Swansea City.

The 31-year-old forward has been in and out of the Catalan’s starting line-up since returning from a six-month absence after breaking his leg in December 2011.

Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta stated this week that the club had no intention of letting Villa leave, but Romeu would be delighted if his fellow Spaniard was to join the European champions.

Romeu told Spanish radio show Esports Cope: "I don't know what Villa's situation is, but if a great player like him comes, the record goalscorer with the national team, he would be welcomed and we would be happy."