Brazilian star quashes Chelsea transfer talk

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Corinthians midfielder Paulinho insists he is happy to stay with the Brazilian club amidst reported interest from Chelsea.

The west London club have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old ahead of the January transfer window.

Chelsea boss Roberto di Matteo already has a sizeable Brazilian contingent at his disposal in David Luiz, Oscar, Lucas Paizon and Ramires, and is said to be keen on adding the Corinthians star to that list.

With Florent Malouda set to leave the club, Chelsea were said to be eyeing Paulinho as a replacement to the Frenchman who joined Stamford Bridge in 2007.

The Brazilian refuted claims last week that he could be on his way to Chelsea, and has once more quashed a move away from his home country.

"Again I say. There is some speculation about me. I never said that when an opportunity arose I would first come and talk to you but there is nothing. There was just more speculation with my name,” he told Esporte UOL.

"I'm happy at Corinthians, and feel very good here. We have important games and the Club World Cup coming. I'm very focused."

The talented midfielder, who has earned six caps for Brazil since making his debut in 2011, also confirmed in an interview with that there is 'absolutely nothing' true about rumours linking him with Chelsea.

Chelsea look set to be active in the January transfer window despite splashing the cash over the summer on the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar and Marko Marin.

That trio cost around £60 million and the Stamford Bridge-based club could be ready to spend a similar amount on Radamel Falcao in January – however they face competition from both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

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