John Terry has revealed his thoughts on Chelsea’s dealings on transfer deadline day, and while the Blues skipper is disappointed not to be playing beside Luka Modric, he’s delighted to have Raul Meireles on board.
Chelsea made a last-minute move for the Portuguese international yesterday, after the midfielder handed in a transfer request at Liverpool.
The fee for Meireles’ signature is believed to be in the vicinity of £12 million, and is far lower than the final £40 million bid Chelsea put forward for Luka Modric. But Terry said he knows on good authority that the former Porto star will show his worth for the Blues this season.
“It was very late, I was sitting there watching, He’s a very good player, I spoke to Stewie [Downing] and Andy [Carroll] and they stressed how good he was,” Terry said.
“Andre [Villas-Boas] has had him before. We missed out on Modric but he comes in in a very similar role and it's very exciting with the players we've brought in so far.”
One player Terry is sad to see leave is Yossi Benayoun, who has headed to Arsenal on loan for the season. And the 30-year-old believes he will go on to star for his new club.
“Very sad to lose Yossi, I didn't realise how good he was until I was training with him day in day out," said the England skipper.
“With his injury he picked up last year he was unfortunate because I felt he had a lot to give to the Chelsea side.
“Unfortunately he's gone on loan but we all wish him well and hopefully he can get a run of games which he deserves.”
Chelsea made seven signings in the summer window, and Meireles is the oldest by five years at 28-years-old.