Friday, April 27, 2018

Paulinho not ready to leave Corinthians; England call-up Zaha

Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has revealed that he is not ready to leave the club, despite the presence of a concrete offer from Italian giants Internazionale Milano, Sky Sports understands.

The 24-year-old Brazil international is attracting interest from all across Europe, with AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and unnamed clubs from England and Spain reportedly tracking the defensive midfielder, but the only real offer on the table is from Internazionale Milano.

“There’s been a lot of speculation and many lies. When there was a proposal I spoke openly,” Paulinho told ESPN Brasil.

“I sat with my wife and showed her the proposal from Inter Milan. I actually felt shaken by the proposal, but the Corinthians board did everything they could to keep me.

“That surprised me, and affected my decision. There are times when you have to think about money, and other times you have to give up of that to favour of your career.”

In 2011, Paulinho was named to the Série A Team of the Year — which included the likes of Jefferson, Fagner, Dedé, Réver,  Bruno Cortês, Ralf, Diego Souza, Ronaldinho, Fred and Neymar. Furthermore, he also managed to win the Silver Ball.

Since becoming a Brazil international in 2011, Paulinho has scored two goals in his six international caps for the Seleção.

England call-up Zaha

England boss Roy Hodgson has called-up Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha ahead of the Three Lions’ international friendly against Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Zaha, who turns 20 on Saturday, chose to represent England over the Ivory Coast, despite receiving a call from compatriot Didier Drogba, urging him to play for The Elephants at the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

The England U-21 international has been linked with many of the top clubs in the English Premier League, including the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Zaha was dubbed the ‘best player in the English Championship’ by Peterborough United Darren Ferguson following the Eagles come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Posh at London Road Stadium on Saturday.

Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last 13 league matches, 10-3-0, since starting the 2012-13 campaign with three losses.

As a result, Ian Holloway’s side are top of the English Championship table at the moment, one point clear of second-place Middlesboro and two points ahead of third-place Cardiff City.

Zaha has certainly played his part, tallying four goals and three assists in 15 league appearances for Palace, while adding an assist in two appearances in the Capital One Cup.


Shawn Etemadi



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