Meireles: Liverpool wanted me out
Raul Meireles has accused Liverpool of a broken promise and claimed he was forced to submit a transfer request once they had decided to sell him to Chelsea.
Meireles 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 on Monday, 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. 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. I'm here now, it's a new adventure, and I want to do well here," he added.