Date: 8th September 2011 at 7:53am
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Raul Meireles has spoken out about his departure from Liverpool and he has insisted that he never wanted to leave Liverpool but when Andre Villas-Boas showed interest in him, he could not turn down the chance to link up with his former manager at Porto.

“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 told the official Chelsea website. “I made the right choice last year to come to England and to come to Liverpool.

“This year was different because I knew that I didn’t want to leave Liverpool. I felt that the new owners didn’t want to sell me but, when I knew that Chelsea and Andre wanted me, it convinced me.

“It was strange, because I knew of the interest of Chelsea, and the interest of the coach, and it was a pleasure to come to this club, but it was strange because it was on the last day. The people think that I wanted to leave [but] it is only because Chelsea wanted me. For Andre to want me, that is why I wanted to go.”

Previously Raul had said that it is too early for him to speak out about the real truth behind his move to Chelsea but I guess only time will tell what really happened behind the season that got Meireles to join Chelsea.