Former Spurs midfielder Paulinho has admitted that he looked to leave China as soon as the news about the Coronavirus outbreak came out but revealed that he has been told to remain calm by the authorities.

So far than 200 people have died worldwide due to the disease with about 9,800 infections confirmed, according to the New York Times.

The disease has so far been confirmed in 19 other countries outside China including the UK, which has now reported the first two confirmed cases of the coronavirus (BBC).

According to a report in the Daily Mail, as the situation worsens in China, many stars in the Chinese Super League are desperate to leave the country.

The report claims however that the Chinese clubs are determined not to be held to ransom by players who are in a hurry to leave.

Paulinho, who plays for Guangzhou Evergrande, confirmed that the players had been told to avoid leaving their homes to limit the risk of infection.

He is quoted by the Mail as saying: “I thought about leaving, especially for my family, but we have been assured we can remain calm.

“They told us to leave our homes as little as possible”

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The situation is extremely concerning at the moment but massive efforts seem to be underway both in China as well as globally to avoid letting this from becoming a pandemic. Perhaps, we can make a cheeky bid to bring Mousa Dembele back on a six-month loan deal until the situation is resolved in China.

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