Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has dismissed speculation linking him with a move to English Premier League giants Chelsea, Sky Sports understands.
The 24-year-old, who scored his first international goal for Brazil in a 1-1 draw with Argentina in the 2012 Superclásico de las Américas on 19 September 2012, insisted that he is focused on his current club and the upcoming Club World Cup.
“I once more can assure you that those stories are just speculation, I’ve never said otherwise,” Paulinho told Lancenet.
“Whenever there is an opportunity, when an offer comes I’ll be the first to tell everyone about it.
“This is just more speculation. There was nothing. I’m happy here. We have the Club World Cup at the end of the year and I’m totally focused.
“It’s hard to deal with this kind of situation but I have a family and team-mates who help me do my best every day.”
Both Chelsea and Corinthians have already booked their respective places in the semifinals of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, with the two sides surely the favorites to face-off against one another in the final at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan on 16 December 2012.
Now then, do you think both Chelsea and Corinthians will reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan? If so, which club will take home the trophy?
Willian reveals Chelsea, Spurs dilemma
Shakhtar Donetsk No. 10 Willian has revealed that he would have a tough time choosing between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, while admitting that he speaks with Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas on a regular basis, Sky Sports reports.
Chelsea had two bids for Willian rejected earlier this year after the Blues failed to meet Shakhtar’s asking price for the 24-year-old Brazilian, while Spurs have also shown interest in the play-maker.
“There were two offers in the summer,” Willian told Lancenet.
“One from Chelsea and one from Tottenham. Choosing between the two clubs would be difficult. I don’t know.”
“I mean, Tottenham is a big club and it has a good person in charge. Andre Villas-Boas wanted to bring me to Chelsea and also tried at Tottenham.
“He always sends me messages. We are always in touch, and he has become a friend, for sure. And Chelsea is Chelsea. They are a great team, with amazing players and are the champions of Europe.”
Shakhtar Donetsk and Chelsea are set to clash at the Donbass Arena, in the UEFA Champions League, in under two hours, with Willian expected to feature in the home side’s starting XI.
If you were lucky enough to be Willian, which club would you choose to join, Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur?