Meireles hits out at Liverpool

Meireles completed a reported £12million move to Stamford
Bridge in the final minutes of transfer deadline day almost two
weeks ago, a switch that angered many Reds supporters. The
28-year-old revealed upon signing for Chelsea that he had never
wanted to leave Anfield and that he would eventually explain why he
had done so. He attempted to set the record straight this afternoon
after being officially unveiled as a Blues player, appearing to
give credence to rumours he was promised a 100% pay rise at
Liverpool if he impressed during what was his debut season. “All I
have to say is that I had one promise at Liverpool which wasn’t
fulfilled,” said the midfielder, who certainly lived up to his side
of the bargain after joining the Reds from Porto. “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.” Indeed, Meireles was delighted to have ended up at
Stamford Bridge. “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.” Meireles’ move reunited him with Andre
Villas-Boas, who he worked under during pre-season a year ago
before joining Liverpool. He said: “I worked under Andre for one
month at Porto, so I felt that there’s the same mentality here as
there was at Porto – the desire to win competitions and trophies.
With Andre, we can do that. “In one month, it was enough to see how
he works and his desire to win things. So it wasn’t hard to make
the decision to come to Chelsea.” Meireles made an instant impact
on his Chelsea debut on Saturday, a brilliant through ball setting
up Daniel Sturridge’s outrageous backheeled goal at Sunderland.
Portugal international Meireles was coy on whether his year in
England had made him better prepared for the rigours of a Premier
League title challenge. “I had one year to adapt to the Premier
League, but it’s two different clubs and different styles,” said
Meireles, who was hoping to make his Champions League bow for
Chelsea in Tuesday night’s Group E opener against Bayer Leverkusen.
“We chase different competitions, and I just hope I can achieve
things here at Chelsea.”