Former Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles insists that his move to Chelsea on transfer deadline day was not financially motivated, RTPN reports.
The Portuguese international placed a transfer request half an hour before the deadline and arranged a move to the Blues for around £12m. Meireles only spent one season at Anfield following his move from Porto last summer and left the Reds unhappy as to why the club did not offer him an improved contract.
The midfielder reveals that although he cannot provide all the details behind his decision to leave, money was not a factor for Meireles.
Meireles said: ‘These are things that happen in football. I can only say good things about Liverpool, it was a fantastic year. 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.’
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Petit slams Cole.
Former Chelsea midfielder Emmanuel Petit has told Lille’s on-loan midfielder Joe Cole he will be a disaster in France, according to The Sun.
Petit played with Cole in the 2003-04 season at Stamford Bridge when they were both Chelsea players and has accused the 29 year old of being mentally weak. Cole joined the French side from Liverpool on transfer deadline day and Petit believes he will not play regularly in his year-long loan deal at the Stade Metropole.
The 40 year old Frenchman scathed: ‘I’m not convinced. I played with him a few years ago. He is a player who can sometimes have moments of class, but he is too inconsistent. He is often injured – mentally very fragile. He’s warmed the bench wherever he’s been’.
Cole will be unhappy with Petit’s comments and has challenged himself to do well at Lille, backed by the challenge of Lille coach Rudi Garcia to perform in the LOSC shirt.
Liverpool winger Stewart Downing has revealed his excitement about establishing himself as both a Liverpool and an England regular, The Daily Star reports.
The former Aston Villa man signed for the Reds for £20m this summer and is now ready to feature for his new club and his country on a regular basis. Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is ready to use Downing as a figurehead in his Liverpool attack and England boss Fabio Capello will be impressed with the 27 year old’s performance against Bulgaria on Friday night.
Downing said: ‘I have joined a terrific club. I am really enjoying it and playing under a great manager. I feel I am also an England player now and my aim is to start games – as I have just done in Bulgaria. Hopefully, I will now keep my place against Wales at Wembley on Tuesday’.