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The £17 million signing has spoken of the struggles he faced on previous ventures into European football in Lithuania and Poland, labelling his brother as his main role model

Tottenham new-boy Paulinho has revealed his determination to succeed after suffering setbacks earlier in his career.

The Brazil international completed a move from Corinthians to the north London outfit on Saturday having had previous spells in Europe, playing for FC Vilnius in Lithuania at the age of 17 before moving to Polish side FC Lodz.

The midfielder then took up the decision to return to his home country in order to fulfil his ambitions of playing for his national side.

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"After all I had been through, all those bad moments, bad things, I carried on. I knew about my potential," he is quoted as saying by The Sun.

"I knew what I could do. Never mind where you are, you have to fight until the end. It's important you never give up.

"I went back to Brazil and started from scratch. I had the self-confidence to take that step back and then managed to take two steps forward."

Paulinho grew up playing futsal with his older brother Erik in Sao Paulo and admits that he struggles to speak about those years of his life.

He continues: "I started my struggle at five, playing in the streets. My brother taught me to play futsal, which is a five-a-side game.

"He didn’t have the opportunity to play more football but he’s my role model.

"I started at Portuguesa at the age of 12 and had to overcome many difficulties. Sometimes we didn't even have the money to fuel the car and I had to take the bus to training. I don’t really like talking about that period of my life"

The midfielder has since shot to fame since, most recently scoring twice in Brazil's successful Confederations Cup campaign including a late winner against Uruguay to send Brazil into the final.

Speaking of his recent success, Paulinho added: "It’s rewarding. I never thought I would be in a place like this, among these great players. It’s an award the group helped me win.

"Now I am at Spurs and I am very happy."

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