Paulinho delighted with interest from AC Milan

The young midfielder is keen to move after winning the 2011 Brasileirao title, and would love to play at San Siro alongside countrymen Pato, Thiago Silva and Robinho
By Danielle Rosa

Corinthians' midfield maestro Paulinho has affirmed that a move to Europe is his next goal after lifting the Brasileirao with the Timao last December, and admitted that he was honoured to have been previously linked with Serie A giants AC Milan.

The 23-year-old arrived at Corinthians in 2010, and after a solid first season he shined in the club's championship winning campaign the following year. Paulinho notched eight goals in 35 games to become the side's second-highest scorer, as Corinthians pipped Vasco to the title on the final day of the season.

Paulinho is under contract until 2014 with the Brazilians; but he admitted, as clubs from across Europe are rumoured to be interested, that he was looking abroad.

"I am going to work hard so that I can go to any country in European football. I hope that God can guide me there one day," explained the midfielder, in an exclusive chat with
He went on to state that, despite supposed interest from clubs including Roma, Udinese and Milan, no formal approach materialised.

"[In the past year] I did not have any concrete offers so when the Campeonato Brasileiro finished I said I would stay, because I did not have anything official in my hands."

Of all his admirers, Paulinho confessed that he was most flattered by the interest from San Siro.

"[The interest from Milan] makes me very happy. I have to thank God for the hard work I have been doing, for the opportunity I had in Corinthians and for the confidence everyone has in me from the moment I arrived," he explained.

"From there you see that good things happen, and people come to watch your football. That motivates me to be better every day."

Paulinho already has experience in Europe; as a teenager, he travelled across the Atlantic for an abortive attempt to launch a career at Lithuania's FC Vilnius, as well as Poland's LKS Lodz.