Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Paulinho has explained to the London Evening Standard why he didn’t leave the club last month.
The Brazilian has confirmed that he has the opportunity to move on from his difficult time at White Hart Lane, but chose to dig deep and stick it out at the club.
“I was close to leaving the club during last transfer window. There were some offers made to my agent and I can confirm I was close to leaving,” he said.
“But when you receive an offer you have to consider the bigger picture. I have a family, wife, daughter and a new baby coming. One must think a lot before taking any decision.”
Paulinho’s chances of regular game time at Tottenham have been affected by the development and progress if central midfielder players ahead of him in the pecking order.
Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason have a good relationship stretching back to their days in the youth team, Christian Eriksen has performed at vital moments for the side and Mousa Dembele offers a greater physical presence.
What might impress manager Mauricio Pochettino the most is that he didn’t take the easy way out and has shown the determination to stay and fight for his place.
Pochettino is a manager who always rewards players for hard work and genuine effort whether they are a more experienced option like Paulinho or a younger player looking to break into the team.
It’s now over to the midfielder to make himself one of the team’s most important players over the rest of the campaign, making the most of his chances when he gets them.