On Wednesday afternoon Raul Meireles visited Cobham for the final time before he begins to play for his new club Fenerbahçe. Chelsea TV spoke to the Portuguese midfielder before he left.

Meireles transferred to Turkey last week having made 48 appearances during his year at Chelsea. The 29-year-old explained to the club’s own channel why he was at the training ground.

‘I came to say goodbye to my friends and of course I will miss this club and the fans and the city,’ he said. ‘There are some great people here, they always supported me and they help everyone, so of course I had to come to say goodbye to everyone.’

Meireles reflected on the Chelsea chapter of his career that despite his absence from the big climax in Munich due to suspension, involved in some historic and memorable matches.

‘It was a great year,’ he said. ‘The last part of the season was great, we won the Champions League, the FA Cup, and it was very good for me. I will miss these moments but it is a new challenge for me and I am ready to go to Turkey. I hope things go well for me like they did at Chelsea this year.

‘I have been to Fenerbahçe just to sign, and tomorrow is my first day and I am excited to start.

‘Thanks to the fans for their support and I will miss this club a lot, it was very nice to play for Chelsea.’

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