Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has played down rumours that he could leave White Hart Lane to join Real Madrid.

Despite having only signed for Spurs during the summer from Corinthians, the Brazilian enforcer has been linked with a switch to the La Liga champions over the course of the past few months.

Real are said to have failed with a late move for Paulinho during the last window, and have maintained an interest in him since.

With off-field uncertainty in North London, the Madrid side are believed to be confident of snapping up the driving midfielder in six months’ time.

However, Paulinho – who is close to returning to full fitness after an injury lay off – says that he is grateful for the attention he is receiving from a club of Real’s stature, but that he is purely focused on helping Tottenham push for a top four finish:

“I leave these matters with my manager, but without doubt it is good recognition for any player to be coveted by a club with the history of Real Madrid,” He is quoted by The Metro.

“My head, however, is completely focused on returning to play and win at Tottenham.”

Paulinho went on to say that he feels he’s improved as a player during his spell with Spurs:

“Here in the Premier League you need to be very quick mentally. Spaces are shorter and the game is much more tactical and tight,”

“In England, I have acquired more tactical knowledge and improved the speed of my decision making. Today, I see myself as a more mature and dynamic player.”