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Raul Meireles maintains he was forced out of Liverpool.

Many Liverpool fans have questioned the motivation of the Portuguese midfielder after his 11th hour deadline day transfer request eased the way for his £12million move to Stamford Bridge.

But Meireles made it clear he had no option other than to leave when the club said he was no longer wanted after telling him his understanding of an agreed pay rise after his successful first season at Anfield was not the case.

Meireles said: “I was aware that Liverpool wanted to sell me in the summer, which was a bit surprising to me.

“All I have to say is that I had one promise at Liverpool which wasn’t fulfilled. It’s not the only thing to blame but that’s why the Liverpool fans are unsure why I left.

“Liverpool asked me to hand in a transfer request. That’s normal, so that’s what I did. 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.”

The midfielder added: “I’m here now. I want to be here at Chelsea.

“When Chelsea showed interest, it was a golden opportunity. I had one year to adapt to the Premier League but it’s two different clubs and different styles. We chase different competitions, and I just hope I can achieve things here at Chelsea.”

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas sold Meireles to Liverpool last summer after working with him at Porto for only a month, although the manager explained: “When I arrived at Porto he had already been there for five years and won titles, so he felt it was time for him to move.

“But it was not pushing away a player of this talent. He’s a versatile player, who likes to receive the ball to spread the game and adds to our efficiency in midfield. At 28, he’s a player who can still add to our squad.”

Meireles added: “I worked under Andre for one month at Porto and feel there’s the same mentality here as there was at Porto: the desire to win competitions, and trophies. With Andre, we can do that.

“It wasn’t hard to get confidence to come to a great club like Chelsea. 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.”

Source: Mirror

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