New Chelsea signing, Raul Meireles has confessed that he only left Liverpool because it became clear that he was going to be sold anyway.
The Portuguese international completed a transfer to Chelsea in the last hour of transfer deadline day, after handing in a transfer request.
Meireles will now link up with Andre Villas-Boas at Chelsea, whom he worked with while playing at Porto.
The 28 year-old noted: “When I was in Porto, I knew that I wanted to go and the club wanted to sell me, and I only had to wait for the right choice.”
He added: “The people think that I wanted to leave and it is only because Chelsea wanted me. For Andre to want me, that is why I wanted to go.”
The playmaker says that he’s settling in well at Stamford Bridge: saying: “I have a lot of friends here, Portuguese players that I know from Porto and the national team, and Jose Bosingwa helped me a lot in these first days.”