Damien Comolli: Selling Raul Meireles Was A Better Move For Liverpool Than Chelsea

Anfield bigwig moves to reassure fans.

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Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli insists his club got the better deal when they sold midfielder Raul Meireles to Chelsea last month.

The 28-year-old swapped Anfield for Stamford Bridge late on transfer deadline day much to the surprise of the Reds.

Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas made a £12million offer for the Portugal international after a £40million bid was rejected by Tottenham for Luka Modric.

Liverpool made seven new signings this summer and it was inevitable a number of players would be leaving but Meireles’ departure was not expected.

He handed in a transfer request with the Merseysiders feeling it was better to cash in on him rather than keep someone who did not want to stay.

“Raul came to see me and said ‘I want to leave, I want to play for another club’,” Comolli confirmed.

“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 didn’t want to play for Liverpool any more.

“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 and we think it was the right thing to do for Liverpool football club.

“If you have someone who is adamant they don’t want to be here and wants to play for someone else, we took the view it’s better if he goes and we get the best possible deal for the club.”

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