The 29-year-old completed an £8m move to Fenerbahce on Monday, and he has revealed that former Liverpool teammate Dirk Kuyt played a role in encouraging him to move to Turkey.
Meireles told FB TV: "I can't wait to get started - Fenerbahce is as big a club as Chelsea, Liverpool and Porto.
"I had a great season playing at Liverpool with Kuyt. He told me about Fenerbahce and encouraged me to make the move. I have friends playing in Turkey.
"Kuyt has told be on several occasions that Istanbul is a beautiful city, I'm very excited about the prospect of playing here."
Meireles scored six goals in 45 appearances for Chelsea.