Meireles: Chelsea a golden opportunity

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Deadline day signing Raul Meireles plans to continue impressing after he helped Chelsea to all three points at Sunderland on Saturday.

The Portuguese international made his debut for the Blues at the Stadium of Light, and set up Daniel Sturridge for what turned out to be the winner in a 2-1 win over the Black Cats.

Brought to Stamford Bridge for £12 million, Meireles could not turn down the chance to play under manager Andre Villas-Boas once again, and believes he can help the club achieve their goals of winning trophies under his compatriot.

"I worked under Andre for one month at Porto and felt we had the same mentality, the desire to win trophies, to win competitions and I feel with Andre we can do that," Meireles told the official Chelsea website.

"It wasn't hard to be convinced to come to a great club like Chelsea, and one month was enough to see how he works and his desire to win things.

"I was aware that Liverpool wanted to sell me in the summer which was a bit surprising to me and when the opportunity came and Chelsea showed interest it was like a golden opportunity and I was very happy to come and join Chelsea.

"I had one year to adapt in the Premier League but it is two different clubs and different styles. We chase different competitions and I just hope I can achieve what we want here at Chelsea. It is a new adventure and I want to do well here."

Villas-Boas is in no doubt that Meireles can add to his talented crop in west London, bringing the 28-year-old under his stewardship once again just a year after they parted ways at Porto.


Both player and manager believe there was a 'common interest' in allowing Meireles join the Reds in 2010, but his versatility in midfield meant AVB would not pass up an opportunity to sign the player this summer.

"Regarding what he adds Raul is a versatile player, you saw him in the holding position against Sunderland, and he makes himself available to receive the ball and to spread the game," said Villas-Boas.

"He can play in different positions of midfield with the same efficiency and that's one of the reasons we went for him.

"At 28 he is a player that can still add to our squad and that's why we got him. I am surprised we got him, but we got him."

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