Chelsea midfielder defends decision to leave Liverpool

Liverpool’s midfield department was trimmed on transfer deadline day after Joe Cole went to Lille on loan, while Raul Meireles switched to Chelsea after handing in a late request to leave Anfield. Meireles was one of the outstanding performers for the Reds last season, although the Portuguese player will now be regarded in a dim light by Liverpool supporters after…

Liverpool’s midfield department was trimmed on transfer deadline day after Joe Cole went to Lille on loan, while Raul Meireles switched to Chelsea after handing in a late request to leave Anfield.

Meireles was one of the outstanding performers for the Reds last season, although the Portuguese player will now be regarded in a dim light by Liverpool supporters after leaving the Merseyside club to join one of the club’s Premier League clubs.

It is a situation that Meireles is keen to explain in time, with the 28-year-old hinting that events conspired to see him arrive at Stamford Bridge for £10 million.

“These are things that happen in football. I can only say good things about Liverpool, it was a fantastic year,” Meireles told RTPN.

“People think I am a Judas and that it was because of the money. It was not because of that, I will explain it later, things are still fresh.

“It all happened very fast. I am not the only one to blame for my exit from Liverpool, but I will never stop loving the club and I have great friends there.”

One factor that determined Meireles chose Chelsea was the fact that compatriot Andre Villas-Boas is manager at the west London club, with the player adding: “I was very happy with his interest in my signature. The most important thing is to give my all every time and try to help Chelsea win titles.”

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