Barcelona loan Thomas Vermaelen to Roma on season-long deal

Barcelona's Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen
Image: Thomas Vermaelen played 11 La Liga matches in two years

Thomas Vermaelen has joined Roma on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

The former Arsenal captain joined Barca for £15m but made just 21 appearances in all competitions in two years due to injuries.

Vermaelen, who signed a five-year contract with the Spanish club, had to wait until the final match of his first season to make his first-team debut after undergoing thigh surgery.

Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen
Image: Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen in action at Euro 2016

"Barcelona and Roma have reached an agreement for the loan of Thomas Vermaelen for the 2016/17 season," Barcelona confirmed on their website.

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"The agreement includes an option for Roma to buy the player at the end of that season."

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