Manchester City and Chelsea target staying put

Corinthians midfielder PaulinhoPaulinho has insisted that he wants to stay with Corinthians, amid interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

The Brazilian midfielder helped his side claim the FIFA Club World Cup, with a 1-0 victory over the Blues in Japan, earning them the status as the best club team on the planet.

His performances during the past few seasons have alerted top clubs across Europe, with Inter Milan believed to have made an approach during the summer.

However, the 24-year-old stated his intention to remain with his current employers, citing their recent triumph as a key factor:

“I’m staying at Corinthians,” he told Esporte iG but reported by Sky Sports.

“There were lots of rumours that I could possibly leave the club, that there are talks, but I have never been aware of anything concrete, apart from Inter Milan, which everyone knows about.

“The more titles you win, the more you want to win. That’s what everyone says, and I say that too.”

Paulinho recently signed a new deal with Corinthians, but it has been speculated that this was a just a measure to extract a greater transfer fee in the future.

The holding midfielder is dubbed as one of the rising stars in South American football and has been lauded for his mixture of defensive and attacking abilities.

Despite being relatively young, he has made eight appearances for Brazil, netting twice.


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