Why did Raul Meireles leave Liverpool to join Chelsea?
Raul Meireles had a fantastic first season with Liverpool FC scoring five memorable goals in 41 games. The Portuguese midfielder also made a good start to the current campaign, playing a pivotal role in the Reds' two goals against Arsenal. Despite this he left for Chelsea before the close of the transfer window.
Sep 07, 2011 | 13 : 43 PM
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A number of factors contributed to Raul Meireles's decision to leave Liverpool for Chelsea.

Firstly, the Portuguese midfielder may have felt that his opportunities at Liverpool would be severely limited given the number of central midfielders currently in the Reds' squad. 

With Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva already on the books, Kenny Dalglish had also brought in Jordan Henderson from Sunderland and Charlie Adam from Blackpool for substantial fees.

Raul Meireles's playing time had already been reduced to two substitute appearances this season.

Secondly, with Chelsea in dire need of a central midfielder and offering a reported £12 million for the 28 year old Meireles, the deal may have proven too good an offer to turn down.

Finally, Raul Meireles may have been tempted by the opportunity to play in the Champions League and, more importantly, link up with former Porto colleague and current Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas.

Speaking about his departure, Meireles said:

"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."

2011-09-07 13:51:46
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