Chelsea midfielder Raul Meireles has dismissed talk of any loyalties towards Liverpool ahead of the FA Cup final between the two sides.
The 29-year-old signed for the Merseysiders in 2010 and enjoyed a successful debut season at Anfield, leading to claiming the PFA Fans’ Player of the Year award.
However, following his former Porto boss Andre Villa-Boas’ move to Chelsea, Meireles made the switch to west London and now, as he readies himself to take on his former team-mates, the Portugal international has insisted that he still holds much affection for both players and fans of Liverpool.
The midfielder told the Football Association’s official website: “I love the supporters in Liverpool. They are enthusiastic about football and they are really amazing. It was my first club in England and I only have good things to say about Liverpool.”
However, Meireles was quick to point out that all personal feelings will be left in the dressing room for the duration of the Wembley final.
“For me this is a really important game because it is a final and when I came to Chelsea, I wanted to win trophies. This is my chance to do that,” he said.
”It was good to see them win a trophy this year, but now I am a Chelsea player and I want to win.
“I have a lot of friends among the players and the staff, but it’s a big game and I want to win for Chelsea and the supporters here.”