Raul Meireles: We Need Didier And His Goals

Raul Meireles has praised Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba and believes his goals are the key to their English Premier League title challenge. Meireles scored the equaliser in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Manchester City on Monday, but previously it had been Drogba scoring the goals, with the Ivorian netting four times since November 23 and three of those coming in the Champions League. The return of the striker to the starting…

December 14, 2011

Lampard: We Needed To Win To Stay In The Race

Frank Lampard has pledged his future to Chelsea for the remainder of his contract after helping them to claim a 2-1 win over Manchester City on Monday night. Lampard’s late penalty secured the points for Andre Villas-Boas’ side, who had earlier fallen behind to Mario Balotelli’s second-minute strike before equalising through Raul Meireles. Lampard has been in and out of the Chelsea side this season, giving way to speculation about…

December 13, 2011

Villas-Boas Insists Frank Lampard Still Has A role To Play

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists Frank Lampard still has a major role to play at Stamford Bridge. Lampard was the only player to lose his place in the side from their Premier League win over Newcastle for Tuesday’s 3-0 Champions League victory over Valencia, which booked their place in the final 16 of the prestigious European competition. Lampard was an unused substitute for the midweek match, but the Portuguese manager…

December 7, 2011

Yossi Benayoun Reveals Liverpool Talks

Yossi Benayoun has revealed that he held talks with Liverpool prior to making a move to Arsenal on deadline day. The Israeli left the Reds to join Chelsea during the summer of 2010, but injuries prevented him from getting his career going at Stamford Bridge and his former club were keen on bringing him back this summer. “I had a few good options from clubs in England and outside,” Benayoun…

September 15, 2011

Raul Meireles Didn’t Want To Leave

Raul Meireles insists he only decided he wanted to leave Liverpool when it emerged Portuguese compatriot Andre Villas-Boas had targeted him at Chelsea. The playmaker completed a reported £12million move from Anfield to Stamford Bridge minutes before the transfer window slammed shut last week, reuniting him with former Porto boss Villas-Boas. There were eerie similarities with Fernando Torres’ January transfer between the clubs, with Liverpool having reported in both cases…

September 7, 2011

Chelsea Sign Liverpool’s Raul Meireles

Raul Meireles has completed his 12m GBP move from Liverpool to Chelsea last night, with the deal being agreed at the very last minute on Wednesday. Meireles had been linked with a move to Chelsea for over a month; but Liverpool had rejected three offers for the Portuguese international. At the death on transfer deadline day, a deal has been completed for a fee of 12m GBP. Liverpool signed Meireles…

September 1, 2011