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The Brazil international says he expects to stay at the club next season and claims if he does leave it will be the decision of the Europa League winners' president

Porto striker Hulk claims winning the Europa League is further evidence of the team’s standing among Europe’s elite and says that he expects to still be at the club next season.

The Portuguese giants beat rivals Braga in the final in Dublin on Wednesday night, with Falcao scoring the only goal of the game.

Hulk, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham, insists it will be the club president's decision if he is to leave.

He said: “I’m very happy at Porto. There’s a great atmosphere here. I have a good contract. The club deserves every respect. If I have to leave it will be the club president’s decision. I play for Porto. I don’t know. I’ll play wherever they pay me. I have not had any contact from anyone. Next season I’ll be with Porto. I’ll be going on holiday shortly and spending time with my family.”

Asked whether he likes English football, he replied: “I like English football, Spanish football, Italian football. I like all of them.”

Following the win over Braga, Hulk added: “It was a great result for the club and makes Europe sit up and notice us. I believe we deserve it.

“Now we have to think about the Portuguese Cup final against Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday. Another final that will be difficult against a good team. We want to try to win another trophy which will be another step forward for this team.

“Braga deserve a lot of respect for what they have done and deserved to get to the final. The most important thing was we won.

“This is a big moment in my career. It’s a marvellous feeling for me and for the Porto team. We have everything, we have a really good team and will try to have a good Champions League campaign next season.

“I think we’re in excellent form and I don’t see why we can’t be compared with the great teams of Europe.

“Next season if Porto have to play against Barcelona or Manchester United it won’t be about individual duels. It will be a duel between teams. If we have to face one of the top teams we have to take them on at some point and it’s all the same to me which of them we have to face.  
“I think Portuguese football is going through a good phase. Our winning the Europa League is a good sign of that.

“To win four titles in a season is quite an achievement. I’ll keep working and hope it helps me to get a regular place in the Brazilian national team, which is my dream.

He says he is improving all the time and is shaking off his image of a greedy, undisciplined player, adding: “In life you’re learning every day. I’ve played more. Last season I wasn’t allowed to play so much (due to a ban). I’m improving day by day. I always be competitive and work hard.

“They talk about greediness, but I’ve learnt a lot and don’t think that’s a factor. You play for the team. People can say what they want.”

He added: “I try to make the most of my physical power. I try to play with freedom if I can. Defenders try to stop you by fouling you, but that’s part of football.

“I don’t mind which side I play on. That’s part of the game. It depends on the tactics and the moment of the game. I try to exploit opportunities as they arise.”

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