Paulinho has insisted that he will not regret his decision to join Tottenham.
Although the club are yet to confirm the deal, it is more or less a given that the Brazilian will be playing his football at White Hart Lane next season.
The 24-year-old confirmed in an emotional press conference earlier this week that he was making the move to N17 and is looking forward to the challenge.
He told ESPN Brasil: “They (Tottenham) made an offer to my agent and to Corinthians, I sat down, analysed the proposal and chose Tottenham. We think it was the best path, the best option.
“I am moving from one big club to Tottenham, another club in a big league. I am sure I will perform my job to the best of my ability. I don’t regret and I won’t regret [this decision].”
Without trying to sound like Michael Caine, not a lot of people know that the midfielder has already played in Europe with spells in Latvia and Poland earlier in his career. So hopefully he’ll already be used to the cold winter nights ahead when playing some FA Cup third round tie at a League One club.
Paulinho comes across as a genuine persona and purely not motivated by the financial side of the game, which he proved two years ago.
He said: “I received an offer from Russia that was way higher than what I earned at Corinthians, but that wasn’t my focus. My focus was to stay at Corinthians, I refused a huge offer because of the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.
“The moment is not to think about the financial aspect, I have to think about my career. You can earn money anywhere, a guy that earns one million does the same as someone who earns 500 thousand, you need to have a good head.
“I received a huge offer, to earn 10 times more. I played in Lithuania and Poland for two and a half years, and I thought that I would be hidden in Russia, stay far away from the national team, with no visibility.
“I focused on my career first and on the financial aspect later.”
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