Former Anfield man not to blame for Stamford Bridge move but definitely the only one responsible for THAT cardigan and cap combo.
Raul Meireles insists he did not leave Liverpool for Chelsea because of financial reasons.
The Portuguese midfielder was a surprise departure from Anfield in the closing stages of transfer deadline day.
Meireles handed in a transfer request prior to sealing his move to Stamford Bridge just before the close of the transfer window.
The 28-year-old found himself down the pecking order at Liverpool at the start of the season, but he is adamant his move to Stamford Bridge had nothing to do with money.
“These are things that happen in football. I can only say good things about Liverpool, it was a fantastic year,” Meireles told RTPN.
“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.
“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.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Raul Meireles’s last minute move to Chelsea was a fairly surprising one but it seems unlikely that his decision to leave was financially motivated and perhaps more to do with the fact that Kenny Dalglish had invested in the likes of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam which left the Portuguese international out of the first team picture, a situation that is a tricky one for a player of 28 years of age.
Can Liverpool fans really blame the former FC Porto man for looking to make the move to West London in the hope of getting first team football? Andre Villas-Boas lost Meireles early on in his regime and clearly felt he could offer something to his Blues midfield.
So this begs the question, “Who is to Blame?”. Is Meireles making a stinging attack on Dalglish for dropping him and being willing to take the £12m offered for his services?