Raul Meireles was officially unveiled as a Chelsea player today following his move from Liverpool on deadline day, and immediately hit out at the Anfield outfit. The 28-year-old revealed that he had never wanted to leave Anfield and that rumours of a 100% pay rise, subject to a satisfactory first season on Merseyside, may have been correct.
"All I have to say is that I had one promise at Liverpool which wasn't fulfilled," said the midfielder.
"It's not the only thing to blame. But that's why the Liverpool fans are unsure why I left."
He added: "Liverpool asked me to hand in a transfer request, so that's normal."
Meireles admitted he was stunned to discover he had been made available for transfer.
"There's no point touching this subject any more.
"I was a bit surprised, but now I'm just concentrating on my present and future, and that's with Chelsea."
"When Chelsea showed interest, it was like a golden opportunity," he said.
"I'm here now, it's a new adventure, and I want to do well here."