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Romeu: Spanish stars feeling at home at Chelsea

ORIOL Romeu has revealed how he and Juan Mata have helped each other and, finally, Fernando Torres make themselves feel at home at Chelsea.

The summer signings of fellow Spaniards Mata and Romeu have been seen as one reason why Torres has begun to put his nightmare start to life at Stamford Bridge behind him.

The £50million man has looked far more settled on the field this season than he did last term, and that may be partly to do with his blossoming friendship with his new team-mates off it.

"It's better for him, for Juan, for me to have here players from Spain," said midfielder Romeu, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona during the transfer window.

"You can relax with them, you can speak with them and, on the pitch, I think you have a better relationship to play with them.

"We are friends so sometimes we go to dinner, to lunch."

Those simple routines can often be overlooked when determining a player's wellbeing, but there is no doubt off-field contentment can boost on-field performance and vice-versa.

"If a player plays well and seems well on the pitch, this is better for him," said Romeu, who could not be happier himself after making his Champions League debut in Chelsea's 5-0 thrashing of Genk on Wednesday.

"Obviously, it's a dream for me to play with these players, with this team. I need to keep working and training well, and then the chance will arrive."

Romeu came through the Barcelona academy but he insisted he was learning plenty of new tricks training alongside the likes of Frank Lampard, Ramires and Raul Meireles.

"It's a dream for me," said the 20-year-old. "I am a young player and to play with these players, I learn a lot."

Manager Andre Villas-Boas this week predicted the end of Barca's dominance of European football and Romeu is perfectly placed to compare the two sides. He said: "Barcelona play more slowly. Here, the football is more fast, more direct. There's more intensity, the players are strong and I like that."