Paulinho confirms Tottenham move

Brazil international midfielder Paulinho has confirmed he will leave Corinthians this summer, with the Guardian reporting that Tottenham Hotspur are his destination.

Paulinho was named the third-best player at the Confederations Cup, a tournament he helped Brazil win on home soil with a 3-0 triumph over World Cup winners Spain, and is expected to complete the move to White Hart Lane imminently, taking a short holiday before travelling to meet his new teammates. Paulinho will have a medical in London this week.

The other interest we got was from Inter but the only offer came from Tottenham,” Paulinho said. “The proposal came, we sat down, analysed it and decided. It was a big decision to go to a big club. There comes a certain point when you need new challenges.

Paulinho added that he expected to return to Corinthians in the future: “It’s hard to say anything at a moment like this but I am sure those were three wonderful years in my career, with many titles.

What I have to say to Corinthians fans, board and staff is ‘see you soon’. I will be back in no time, due to everything they have done for me. My individual titles are all thanks to the club. Corinthians will be in my heart for the rest of my life.

Paulinho scored 34 goals in 167 games for Corinthians, and helped the Sao Paulo club to victory over Chelsea in December’s Club World Cup final, the Premier League side going down to a 1-0 defeat from a Paolo Guerrero goal.

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