Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has said that Paulinho will not be sold this month.
The Brazil international midfielder has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane in the January transfer window.
Signed from Corinthians in the summer of 2013 for a reported transfer fee of £17 million, Paulinho has found himself warming the substitutes’ bench more often than not so far this season.
The 26-year-old has been able to make only seven appearances in the Premier League so far this campaign, creating one chance and having a pass accuracy of 85% in the process.
However, Pochettino insists that Paulinho remains an important player in his squad and is quoted as saying by talkSPORT: “Paulinho's future is here in Tottenham.”
It is a very short comment from Pochettino, but just because the Argentine publicly says that Paulinho will remain at White Hart Lane does not mean that he will do.
If Pochettino openly says that Paulinho could leave, then his price in the transfer market will go down, and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would not want that.
Then again, Spurs are challenging in four competitions this season and do need a large squad to accommodate for poor form, injuries, suspensions and fatigue.
But Pochettino has said that he is happy with the squad he has at his disposal and is not looking to make too many changes.
"We are happy with our squad and our players,” said the 42-year-old. “I don't think there will be many changes.
"There are many rumours in this period but we don't comment. Even players who aren't in our squad are in our plans.
Pochettino is holding his cards close to his chest and does not seem to be inclined to give his transfer plans away.
And why should he? After all, if the Tottenham boss names the players or the kind of players he wants, then it is only going to drive up their price.