Paulinho reveals he was unhappy at Spurs and almost left the club

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder has been rather frank about his situation at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham midfielder Paulinho admits he was unhappy earlier this season and almost left the Premier League side, according to

The 26-year-old found game time hard to come by in north London earlier this campaign and subsequently felt the negative emotional effects of being left out.

Last night, though, Paulinho was handed another start by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino against Fiorentina in the Europa League, as the door was perhaps left ajar for the Brazilian to stake his claim for a first-team place at White Hart Lane.

But Paulinho admits he was 'close' to leaving Spurs earlier this season, when he was unhappy with his role in Pochettino's squad.

"I was close to leaving but at no time was I asked to go," he is quoted as telling UOL Esporte.

"I'm happy but, of course, in the beginning when you are not playing, you get a little down. I was kind of p***** but not with anyone. I just wanted my space.”

Paulinho's performance against Fiorentina last night was met by a mixed response from Spurs fans, who appeared unhappy with his display on Twitter for the most part.

The Brazilian himself, however, feels he had a good game in the Europa League but is less certain when it comes to his future in north London.

Indeed, Paulinho insists he will fulfill his contract but admits he does not know whether he will remain a Tottenham player beyond the end of the current campaign.

"For the clubs that I've played for I always tried to fulfill my contract. If I'm going to keep to that [with Tottenham] or not, I do not know,” he added.

“It's hard to talk about the future. But I guarantee by the end of the season [my future will be resolved]. I do not know if next season I will continue here or not."

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