Paulinho urges Bale to stay at Tottenham
Tottenham's Paulinho has appealed to Gareth Bale to reject the advances of Real Madrid and stay with the Lilywhites.
The Brazilian signed for the club this summer but already acknowledges the importance of the Welshman to the cause.
However, Paulinho admits that he does not know if the winger intends to stay at Tottenham this season.
"I sincerely don't know [if Bale will stay], but I think this is something more private for Bale, he doesn't tell me anything," the Brazilian told Fox Sports Brazil.
"But I hope he continues with us, so that he can help us. He is a great player and achieved great stats last season, so I hope he stays with us."
Paulinho, a club-record signing prior to the arrival of Roberto Soldado, made his Tottenham debut in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.