In-demand Spurs star reassures fans he has not considered exit

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, wanted at one point by Chelsea, has spoken out over the rumours.

Previously linked with a move to Chelsea, Brazilian box-to-box midfielder Paulinho has moved to reassure Tottenham Hotspur supporters that, whilst he experienced more bench time than he would have cared for during his debut season at White Hart Lane, securing a transfer away from the club had "never crossed [his] mind."

Via Globo Esporte, he said "I was on bench for a period, but I never considered returning to Brazil. It's complicated for a player when he goes to Europe, you have to be strong. I went through complicated situations in Lithuania and Poland and returned to Brazil."

One year after joining the Lilywhites from Corinthians in a £17m deal, Paulinho was reported by The Mirror to "fancy" a Chelsea switch.

Reportedly "uncomfortable" with the club's rotation policy - even though he did start 28 Premier League games and played a combined 2,375 minutes in the division - Paulinho effectively wants to be an ever-present, however, would he have been given that demand at Chelsea, where Nemanja Matic and Ramires both hold down the two positions in Jose Mourinho's 4-2-3-1 set-up.

Paulinho continued in Globo Esporte: "I did talk with my agent, it's normal when you are upset but the talk of returning to Brazil never existed, it never crossed my mind."

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