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.”