Paulinho claims he had trials with Chelsea, Inter and Roma
Livorno striker Paulinho admits it has taken him time to make it as a top level marksman.
The 27 year-old claims to have had trails at a number notable European clubs, but it was only when he dropped down to Serie D (at the time) side Sorrento in 2009 that his career began taking shape.
“I could have ended up at Inter, Roma or Torino,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I trained with Inter’s youth players for a week.
“On the other pitch I saw the likes of Adriano, Alvaro Recoba and Marco Materazzi working. But I didn’t join them…
“I arrived at Roma with my friend Felipe Spellmeier, who was a phenomenon. He was signed, but a year later and nothing. He got lost, perhaps he didn’t have the right mentality.
“I also had a trial at Chelsea, it was while Jose Mourinho was there. He saw I was struggling, he said something like I had great potential, but that I needed to believe in myself.”
“The loan to Sorrento was decisive for me. I played all of the time. Dropping down Divisions helps to form you, on a mental level too.”
Having scored 20 goals in Serie B last term, Paulinho has started the new season in spectacular fashion, netting three in three appearances.
The former Juventude attacker has attracted interest from the likes of Inter, while Livorno president Aldo Spinelli claims he rejected a €10 million offer this summer.