Corinthians have dismissed speculation that Chelsea are preparing a big-money move for Paulinho.
The 24-year-old midfielder had been tipped to become the next Brazilian star at Stamford Bridge, with David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar already on the books in west London.
However, the six-cap international has been praised for his intelligence by manager Tite, who has no idea where the Chelsea rumours have come from.
"I have no idea where this information has come from," he told Globo Esporte, according to SkySports.
"We are at an important stage in Corinthians' history and this information will not disrupt us. Money doesn't buy everything. It could be a lot of money, but if the player is smart and has ambition like Paulinho does, then money will not be enough.
"I want him to stay and I praise Paulinho's intelligence. When he decided to stay here, he increased the value of everybody. He is at a club where he is settled, in a system that suits him, so his career will continue to grow."
Were Chelsea to win the race for Paulinho, it’s claimed by the Daily Mail that the Blues would offload Florent Malouda to make way for the defensive midfielder, with the Frenchman on the radar of Santos.
Malouda has fallen completely out of favour under manager Roberto Di Matteo following the Italian’s arrival at the helm last season, and is currently training with the Chelsea reserve and youth teams.