Tottenham fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as midfield star Paulinho has cooled the speculation linking him with a shock exit to Chelsea.
Certain reports have claimed in recent days that Jose Mourinho is looking to spend a chunk of the €50million transfer fee received for David Luiz on a new central midfielder, and varying rumours suggest Paulinho is high on the agenda. However according to the Evening Standard the Brazilian has no intentions of leaving White Hart Lane this summer, and is happy to stay despite a relatively difficult season.
The 25-year-old signed for Spurs for £17million last year, following an impressive Confederations Cup for Brazil. However under both Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood he struggled to produce performances of the highest calibre on a regular basis. Paulinho himself however, has claimed that it’s not a problem for him.
“I had a period when I was on the bench, but it wasn’t a problem for me,” he said.
“At Corinthians, I had to wait for over a year to get in the starting line-up, when the team had the likes of Jucilei and Elias.
“Then, when there was a change of manager, I kept playing and I didn’t have any problems with Tim Sherwood. Since I returned from injury I played three or four games [in a row].
“I then was dropped back to the bench but came back into the line-up for the final six games. There are no problems at all.”
The news will come as a confidence boost for Tottenham fans, who are hoping to revitalise their credentials under new boss Mauricio Pochettino. The ex-Southampton manager has yet to make a signing of his own, but supporters will be confident of some interesting deals in the transfer market given his ties to the likes of Adam Lallana.