Football - Premier League

Meireles joins Chelsea, Bellamy returns

Raul Meireles has signed for Chelsea on a four-year deal while Craig Bellamy has arrived at Liverpool from Manchester City.

 
Meireles out, Bellamy back - Football - Premier LeagueReuters
 

As transfer deadline day came to a close, Liverpool confirmed that Meireles had handed in a transfer request at Anfield.

The 28-year-old was thought to be the subject of a bid from Chelsea earlier in the week and the London club subsequently confirmed that they had signed the midfielder on a four-year deal.

It is reported that the Portugal international, who briefly worked under Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas at Porto before joining Liverpool, has cost £12 million.

The Blues had been hoping Meireles, who signed a four-year deal, would be joined at Stamford Bridge by Porto left-back Alvaro Pereira but they were unable to reach an agreement before the 11pm deadline.

They were also unable to offload any of their squad other than in loan deals, with Yossi Benayoun joining Arsenal, Gael Kakuta moving to Bolton and Patrick van Aanholt being farmed out to Wigan.

New signing Ulises Davila also joined Vitesse Arnhem for the season.

Meanwhile the Merseysiders confirmed that Bellamy has returned to the club on a free transfer having signed a contract, although they have not released any further details regarding the deal.

City have been desperate to offload Bellamy but with a year left on his contract there were financial issues to sort out before Liverpool could complete a deal.

In a brief statement the club said: "Liverpool have tonight announced Craig Bellamy has signed a contract with the club. He will wear shirt number 39."

Bellamy's return to Anfield comes four years after he left having been brought to the club 12 months earlier by Rafael Benitez and he replaces David Ngog who has moved to Bolton Wanderers.

"I've grown up with Kenny Dalglish, now to be signed by him is a massive honour," he said. "This is an exciting time. When Kenny took over, watching as a fan last season I got the buzz as well and it was great to see Liverpool end the season well.

"To every Liverpool fan, Kenny is probably the best player ever to pull on the red shirt so that speaks for itself. He was the first player-manager to do the Double and just how he conducted himself really (made a difference).

"I know we've had bits of success since then but the club hasn't been the same since he left, so to come back in and be a part of this with the players who are here - it's a good time."

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