Meireles: Kuyt advised me to leave Chelsea for Fenerbahce

The Portugal international was happy to follow the forward's advice and make the move to Istanbul, while expressing his eagerness to begin playing for the Turkish giants
Raul Meireles has revealed that former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt played a role in his decision to leave Chelsea for Fenerbahce in the summer transfer window.

The Dutchman joined the Turkish giants from Anfield earlier this summer, and was quick to advise the 29-year-old to make the move as well, when the Portugal international made contact with him ahead of his transfer.

"Fenerbahce first reached an agreement with Chelsea and only then did I agree personal terms," Meireles stated to Lig TV.

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"Maybe people were a bit surprised, but I knew that I joined a very big club. Fenerbahce are the biggest team in Turkey.
"I spoke with Kuyt and he advised me to accept the offer and make the move.

"We have a strong squad and are looking forward to playing in the Europa League. Everything is going fine. I'm physically in good shape and ready to play."

Meireles could make his Fenerbahce debut in Sunday's home game against Mersin Idmanyurdu.