Departing midfielder Paulinho bids farewell to Tottenham Hotspur on Twitter

Paulinho is leaving Tottenham Hotspur for Guangzhou Evergrande.

The Brazilian midfielder is leaving Spurs this summer to sign with Chinese club Guangzhou, and he has bid farewell to the North London club on his official Twitter account.

It was no surprise to see the Brazilian international leave White Hart Lane, with first-team opportunities hard to come by under Mauricio Pochettino, but there will always be a sense of disappointment surrounding him.

The midfielder, 26, arrived at Spurs with a reputation as one of the best box-to-box midfielders in world football. He was a regular Brazilian international and a title winner with Corinthians, but failed to impress in England.

His box-to-box role never truly shone in the Premier League, and although he started his career well, and scored eight goals in his first season, the 2014/15 campaign saw him play just 30 games.

Displays were lacking in passion, ability and energy, and his presence will not be missed in North London.

The unfilled potential will always bring a feeling of ‘what might have been’ at Spurs, but now is the time for the club to look towards the future and all the success that this could bring.

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