Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho says he feels proud about the recognition of his quality from clubs in Brazil.
Speaking to Lancenet, the Spurs midfielder has confirmed that the option to go back to his home nation is a realistic one as his struggles to get into the Spurs first team on a regular basis continue.
“There is interest of Brazilian clubs, but nothing concrete yet. I'm glad to have recognition, I feel proud,” said the midfielder.
Paulinho has started just three games for Tottenham in all competitions so far this season.
He’s only had 29 minutes of football in the Premier League, which suggests that his manager prefers the other midfield options at his disposal.
It also adds weight to the idea that he’s keen to leave Tottenham because he’s just not featuring for the club and may feel as though he has more to offer in a lower quality league back in Brazil.
His contract expires in 2018, which means Tottenham could command a big fee for his transfer, which chairman Daniel Levy would more than likely be looking for.
He commissioned the £17 million deal for the Brazilian when he joined from Corinthians and would expect to make most of that back, if not trying to sell him for a profit.