The 28-year-old midfielder moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2011. He played in nearly four dozen first-team matches for the London outfit in 2011/12. He came on as a substitute fifteen minutes from the end of the FA Cup final against Liverpool to earn his first winners' medal in English football, but was suspended for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich because of a caution he had received against Barcelona in the semi-final. After just one season with Chelsea Meireles joined Fenerbache in Turkey. He caused an uproar in Turkish football in December 2012 when he was sent off in a game against Galatasaray. He responded to his red card by allegedly spitting at the referee and making a homophobic gesture towards him. The until-then quiet Portuguese international denied the charges emphatically: "I'm really annoyed at being accused of spitting at the referee. I have an eight year old kid, can you imagine if kids at school start saying your father spat at a ref, this could ruin my reputation in the eyes of my child. I have many gay friends who I deeply respect. The hand gesture I made is directed at the referee caving in to the pressure of the home fans. That hand gesture was to tell him he was scared. Look at my hairstyle, what I wear, I'm not a prejudiced person." The Turkish FA still suspended him for 11 games, later reduced to four on appeal as it had been "physically impossible" for Meireles to have spat at the referee as he was speaking throughout when berating the match official.
Meireles played in twenty-two Turkish Süper Lig matches in 2012/13 and also appeared in the Europa League eight times as Fenerbahçe progressed through to the semi-final stage of the competition, being beaten there by Benfica.
Fenerbahçe became Turkish champions in 2013/14 and Meireles played in 20 of the 34 league matches to qualify for a winners' medal. He also played in four Champions League qualifying matches against Red Bull Salzburg (2) and Arsenal (2). Around the time of playing the London club, Fenerbahçe were banned by UEFA for two seasons after facing match-fixing allegations. Although they appealed the ban, the decision was upheld by Europe'a governing body. So there will be no Champions League football for Meireles in 2014/15 but he was confirmed as a member of Portugal's squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil in the summer of 2014. As of the end of 2014/15 he had scored seven goals in a total of 84 appearances for Fenerbahce. 2015-16 was a frustrating season for Meireles and he appeared only 11 times for Fenerbahce due knee problems. At the end of the season his contract was not extended and he retired from the game.
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Liverpool Echo press report on Chelsea - Liverpool on 06.02.2011.
By Neil Jones - Liverpool Daily Post on 9th February 2011.
Liverpool Echo press report on Wolves - Liverpool on 22.01.2011.
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|Chelsea||2011-2012||England Premier League||30||2||48||6|
|Chelsea||2012-2013||England Premier League||3||0||3||0|