Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is delighted to be finally working with Raul Meireles after losing him while they were together at Porto.

Meireles quit the Estadio Dragao for Liverpool last season with Villas-Boas not attempting to keep him the want-away player under his wing, but the Chelsea boss says that does not reflect his admiration.

"When I arrived at Porto, he was already five years there and had won several championships and two cups and he felt it was time for him to move.

"We had a conversation when he arrived back from the national team from the World Cup and we decided it was time to part company.

"There was no pushing away of a player of his talent, but I would say a common interest from club, player and manger for him to find a solution and that's what happened when he joined Liverpool."

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