Paulinho: No problems for me at Tottenham

The Brazil midfielder struggled for form and fitness at times during his first season at White Hart Lane but insists he is happy at the club amid interest from Chelsea
Paulinho has insisted he is happy at Tottenham amid speculation linking him with a move away from White Hart Lane.

The Brazil international joined the north London outfit in a big-money move last summer but only showed glimpses of his £17 million price tag as Spurs endured a change of managers during a transitional season.

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Form and fitness saw Paulinho struggle at times but, amid interest from Chelsea, the midfielder says he is no stranger to such hurdles during his career and his troubles at Tottenham have not deterred him.

"I had a period when I was at the bench, but it wasn’t a problem for me," he told reporters. "At Corinthians, I had to wait for over a year to get on the starting lineup, when the team had the likes of Jucilei and Elias.

"Then, when there was a change of manager, I kept playing and I didn't have any problems with [Tim Sherwood]. Since I returned from injury I played three or four games [in a row].

"I then was dropped back to the bench but came back on the lineup for the final six games. There are no problems at all."

Paulinho is part of Felipe Scolari's squad for the World Cup and the midfielder is hoping to play a leading role as the Selecao look to win the tournament on home soil for the first time.

"I had a big role on the Confederations Cup, but I know that every player here is important as well," he continued.

"Yes, someone will probably shine, I hope Neymar can do that and make a difference for us at the World Cup. If the opportunity shows itself where I can help Selecao and have a great World Cup.

"Our Confederations Cup was brilliant and I'm sure we can do a lot more at the World Cup. We had a great campaign and deserved [to win the Confederations Cup]. We're focused, and I'm sure we will be even stronger at the World Cup."