Meireles: I did not betray Liverpool

Portugal midfielder Raul Meireles has rejected claims that he betrayed Liverpool by joining Chelsea on the transfer deadline day.

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Meireles only joined Liverpool from Porto at the start of last season, and was a hit with the Anfield faithful in his debut campaign as he claimed the PFA Fans' Player of the Year after scoring five goals in 33 league appearances.

However, the Portuguese international was reportedly disillusioned with the number of central midfielders Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish bought over the summer, further intensifying competition for places in the middle of the park.

And the unsettled Meireles sealed a move just an hour before the transfer window closed on Wednesday, although some fans immediately expressed outrage that he had chosen to join Chelsea, one of the club's main rivals for the Barclays Premier League title.

Nonetheless, Meireles maintained it wasn't a huge pay rise that prompted him to leave for Stamford Bridge, but rather the chance to win trophies.

"These are things that happen in football," Meireles told RTPN. "I can only say good things about Liverpool, it was a fantastic year [I had at the club].

"People think I am a Judas and that it was because of the money.

"It was not because of that, I will explain it later, things are still fresh."

Meireles was keen to stress that he was not the only one behind his departure from Liverpool, suggesting that Dalglish may have been equally eager to let him go.

However, he bears no grudge and insists he will keep many fond memories of his time at Anfield.

"It all happened very fast.

"I am not the only one to blame for my exit from Liverpool, but I will never stop loving the club and I have great friends there."

Meireles will now play under his compatriot in Andre Villas-Boas, and the dynamic midfielder reveals he cannot wait to get started at Chelsea as they bid for glory on both the domestic and European front.

"I was very happy with his [Villas-Boas] interest in my signature.

"The most important thing is to give my all every time and try to help Chelsea win titles."

Both Meireles and Villas-Boas have been associated with Portuguese giants Porto in the past, although Villas-Boas' stint in charge started in the summer of 2010, right when Meireles left to join Liverpool.



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