That is what Raul Meireles said according to Damien Comolli. The Liverpool Director of Football says that Meireles wanted to leave Liverpool and the club did not want to sell him. Apparently Meireles was ‘promised’ a salary increase at Liverpool and he never got it and thus he handed in his transfer request.
“Raul came to see me and said ‘I want to leave, I want to play for another club’,” Comolli said.
“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 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 the club because it’s difficult to have somebody here who doesn’t want to be here.
“The job of the manager in the Premier League is already difficult having to manage 25 players and only having 11 to start on a match day.
“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. In the end I think we did well.”