The nature of Raul Meireles’ move from Liverpool to Chelsea still remains unclear, as the player has stated that the club made him hand in a transfer request, and the Anfield outfit claiming he asked to leave of his own accord.
The Portugal international made a last-gasp move to Stamford Bridge on transfer deadline day, which angered some Reds fans, but the midfielder has stated he was forced out of Merseyside.
“All I have to say is that I had one promise at Liverpool which wasn’t fulfilled. Liverpool asked me to hand in a transfer request, so that’s normal. I was aware that Liverpool wanted to sell me in the summer, which was a bit surprising to me,” he stated in a press conference.
Liverpool director of football Damian Comolli has rejected these claims however, and has another outlook on how the move came about.
“I think Raul said it himself with what I’ve seen recently in the press. Basically, he came to see me and said ‘I want to leave, I want to play for another club’,” the executive told the side’s official website.
“Our intention was not to sell him but we were put in a corner a little bit when he put in a transfer request and said he wanted to go and that he didn’t want to play for Liverpool anymore. I think the owners and Kenny (Dalglish) have said it, and we all have the same view. When someone doesn’t want to be here it’s difficult to say ‘you are going to stay’.
“We’ve been through that process in January with Fernando Torres and this felt like the same situation. We’ve done it, we think it was the right thing to do for the club, because it’s very, very difficult to have somebody here who doesn’t want to be here,” he concluded.
Meireles made his Blues debut in a 2-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday, creating one of the goals for Daniel Sturridge, and may prove to be an important man for the London outfit.
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