Pochettino says 'no chance' of rumoured Paulinho exit

The Tottenham midfielder has struggled for appearances at White Hart Lane this season.

Paulinho's 2014-15 season at Spurs has been a real struggle for the Brazil international.

No other player signed last summer got more minutes in the 2013-14 Premier League than the 26-year-old, with Paulinho signing off his first English season with a superb goal in the final day win over Aston Villa.

This year has been a completely different affair for the midfielder, coming off the back of a disappointing World Cup campaign in his home country.

Paulinho has just 30 minutes to his name in the Premier League, and despite getting most of his game time in Europe and cup competitions so far, wasn't even in the match day squad in this week's win over Asteras.

It has led to rumours of an impending exit for a player that cost the club just under £17 million, with former club Corinthians reportedly eager to bring him in on loan.

But that story has been shot down dead by Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, telling ESPN Brazil that the 32-cap man was still in his plans.

“No, no Tottenham player, including Paulinho, will be loaned to Brazil," said the Argentine. "There is no chance.

“Paulinho arrived late, one of the last players to join the squad after the World Cup.

“There isn’t any problem. He is training and doing well, it’s just a technical decision.”

Those words may yet leave open the possibility of a permanent move away from Spurs, and if Paulinho isn't in or around the first team by January, it would likely be in his best interests to continue his career elsewhere.

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