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‘I Knew I Had To Leave Tottenham’ Admits Paulinho

Brazil and Barcelona midfielder Paulinho says that he knew he had to end his ill-fated spell with Tottenham Hotspur when he left the club back in 2015.

After 2 unhappy years in London, he went to China and the player credits the spell at Gangzhou Evergrande with revitalising his career.

“The country opened its doors for me to regain my confidence in football and allowed my family to enjoy the city. I will always have a very special feeling towards Chinese fans.

“When I left Tottenham for China i knew I would be further away but my main objective was to play because I wasn’t playing and I decided to move on.

“I had to focus on something. I wanted to move on and in the future play again for the Brazil team. The most important thing was to focus on the game regardless of where I was.

“I knew I had to leave Tottenham when I wasn’t being used. I went to China where I became confident again, played at a high level and returned to the Brazil squad which was my biggest dream.”


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