Monday, 3 September 2012

Meireles departs for Fenerbahce

The 29-year-old portugese has decided to leave Stamford Bridge after the club accepted a offer from the Turkish giants and has signed a four-year contract with Aykut Kocaman's side

Raul's trademark celebrations and 
super goals will be missed!   
Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles has left the club to join Turkish oufit Fenerbahce.

A fee has not been revealed but reports say the deal could be worth around £8 million, with Meireles signing a four-year deal at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.

The Portugal international only made the move to Stamford Bridge from Liverpool before the transfer window closed last summer for a fee of £12 million.

Meireles made 42 appearances for The Blues last season, scoring twice and had been involved in every Premier League game for Chelsea this season, but was only used as a second half substitute in all three matches.

And the midfielder has now opted to join fellow former Liverpool team-mate Dirk Kuyt at the Turkish Super League club after failing to establish a regular place in the central midfield with John Obi Mikel, Frank Lampard and Ramires the favoured partnership for Chelsea.

The Porto-born midfielder was said to be unhappy with after the club sacked Andre Villas-Boas, the man who brought him to London.

The arrivals of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Marko Marin only fuelled speculation that he could leave the West London club with Roberto Di Matteo taking on the task of rebuilding Chelsea's squad and replacing them with younger talent.

The departures of Yossi Benayoun and Michael Essien on deadline day seemed to have quashed speculation that Meireles could leave Stamford Bridge but after Fenerbahce made their move earlier today, it would appear Meireles was surplus to requirements under the Italian.


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