My tribe

Liverpool cop flak from recently departed Meireles

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.

"I was aware that Liverpool wanted to sell me in the summer, which was a bit surprising to me," said Meireles, who was reluctant to discuss his relationship with Reds boss Kenny Dalglish.

"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."

 Click here to reach the No1 destination for hard news and exciting gossip on Chelsea

About the author

Dave Williams

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?