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Suarez Hails ‘Animal’ Paulinho

Barcelona player Denis Suarez has paid tribute to teammate Paulinho, who signed for the club from Guangzhou Evergrande for €40m in the summer.

The signing raised a lot of eyebrows across the world, but the Brazilian has made an encouraging start to life at the Nou Camp, with two vital goals in September.

“I like to watch football and I’ve seen Paulinho playing for Brazil, where he’s demonstrated what he is,” Suarez told Catalonian radio station RAC1.

“He’s a physical player who gives us a lot on a defensive level because he’s so strong. And going forward he adds a lot, too, because he makes those runs into the box, as we saw against Getafe. And then he’s an animal at set plays, he’s incredible.

“He’s been unfairly criticised, above all because of the moment he arrives, which was just after Neymar left, but anyone who’s seen the Brazil national team knows he’s not a mediocre player.

“I don’t think it was necessary for him to shut any mouths. He’s proving the level he’s at and the importance he can have on the team.”


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