Brazilian focussed on Corinthians not Man City switch, claims boss.
Manchester City target Paulinho remains focussed on Corinthians, despite speculation linking with a £12m move to the Etihad according to boss Tite.
The Brazilian conceded that Paulinho was attracting interest from a host of top clubs because he was playing a key role in a successful Corinthians team, who were recently crowned champions of South America.
Tite said Paulinho’s profile had benefited because he was “standing out” in a “strong team” but that he was confident the midfield dynamo would not let the publicity go to his head.
“He is not the sort of player to prioritise his own situation,” Tite told a news conference in Toyota, Japan. “He prioritises the team.”
Manchester City are reportedly lining up a bid for the 24-year-old, with rumours circulating over recent months that Chelsea, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain are also interested.
The defensive midfielder recently signed a new contract tying him to the Sao Paulo side until 2015, but the extension is not thought to have put off a number of Europe’s most illustrious clubs.
Paulinho has a handful of appearances under his belt for the Brazilian national side and is expected to be a key figure for the Selecao at the World Cup on home soil in 2016.
His profile is set to be raised further over the next few days as Corinthians bid to win the Club World Cup in Japan.
The Brazilian giants take on Egypt’s Al Ahly in the semi-finals of the intercontinental event in Toyota on Wednesday
A victory would potentially set up a mouth-watering match with one of Paulinho’s reported suitors – Chelsea, who play their last-four tie against Mexican side Monterrey on Thursday.
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