Meireles defends Liverpool exit

The 28-year-old insists the reason for his move were not financial.

“These are things that happen in football. I can only say good things about Liverpool, it was a fantastic year,” Meireles told RTPN.

“People think I am a Judas and that it was because of the money. It was not because of that, I will explain it later, things are still fresh.

“It all happened very fast. I am not the only one to blame for my exit from Liverpool, but I will never stop loving the club and I have great friends there.”

Meireles admits he is delighted to link up against with former Porto coach Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge.

“I was very happy with his interest in my signature,” added Meireles. “The most important thing is to give my all every time and try to help Chelsea win titles.”