£17m Spurs star denies Chelsea transfer speculation

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has moved to play down speculation linking him with a summer move to London rivals Chelsea

Spurs embarked on a £100m spending spree last summer after the sale of star man Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, and one of the players brought into White Hart Lane by manager Andre Villas-Boas and Technical Director Franco Baldini was Brazilian international Paulinho.

The former Corinthians man had impressed at the Confederations Cup, and completed a £17m switch to North London shortly after winning the tournament with Luiz Felipe Scolari's men.

Yet despite high expectations, it's been a frustrating season at times for the 25-year-old, particularly under former boss Tim Sherwood, who accused Paulinho of not working hard enough in training to be considered worthy of a place in the Spurs first team.

This led to speculation that Paulinho would be looking to leave the club this summer, and rumours have been rife over a potential move from North London to West London, with local rivals Chelsea allegedly lining up a £20m swoop for the midfielder before the World Cup.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho is looking to land a long-term partner for Nemanja Matic in the Chelsea midfield after a disappointing season from Paulinho's international team mate Ramires, whilst Frank Lampard is coming to the end of his career and John Obi Mikel could be sold this summer.

Yet Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their apparent pursuit of Paulinho after the Spurs star said he has no regrets over his move to White Hart Lane, and it would take a lot more than a bad season for him to reconsider his future at the club.

"Absolutely not," said Paulinho on whether he had any regrets, "I know how to handle my career and it’ll take more than just one bad moment before I reconsider my options. We have all got responsibilities at Tottenham and we are ready to go through this," he added.

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