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Paulinho‘s career has been full of ups and downs and the former Tottenham man is now playing for Barcelona and is representing his country in the World Cup.

The midfielder spent a couple of years with Spurs but things never worked out for him and he was sold to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande for a fee of £10million.

Now that his career has been resurrected, the 29-year-old was speaking to the Player’s Tribune (h/t football.london) where he opened up about his time at Tottenham.

“I would like to clear up something about my time at Spurs. I really cannot say a bad word about the club or the staff or the president. It is true that it was a very difficult period for me as a player, and there were times when I did not want to leave my apartment in London because I was so stressed about not playing.”

The Brazilian also added that he had a tough time in his second season at White Hart Lane but the current Brazil manager Tite always believed in him.

Paulinho was also not happy that he wasn’t playing football for Mauricio Pochettino as he was not in the Argentine’s plans but he did say the pair never had a disagreement.

The Brazilian then revealed he was willing to take a risk and go to China when Spurs got an offer from Guangzhou Evergrande, and the rest, they say is history.

While we never got to see the best of the Brazilian, this does read like a feel-good story given that the star was ridiculed by many after joining Tottenham.

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He has found his boots at Barcelona and is finally showing what he is capable of and all I can say is that he deserves all the luck he is receiving right now.

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Tottenham interested in signing 22-year-old Serie A ace as possible replacement for Toby Alderweireld

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Premium Sport (h/t Calciomercato) claims that Tottenham have found a Toby Alderweireld replacement in Joachim Andersen.

The 22-year-old Sampdoria defender has eight Serie A appearances this season and has helped the side to fifth place in the table.

The report claims that Alderweireld has been linked with moves to Barcelona and Manchester United. The Dane joined the Serie A side from FC Twente last season for a fee of €4million (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in the 22-year-old, and the Milan club has a history of signing players from Sampdoria.

Milan Skriniar joined Inter from Sampdoria in 2017 and has become one of the best defenders in the league. The report further claims that Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero wants at least €30million for the defender.

Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham have a problem with Alderweireld as the report claims his contract is up in 2019 and could leave for free if terms are not agreed on a new deal.

The Belgian is one of the best defenders in the Premier League and losing him would be a big blow. Spurs have a great partnership between Jan Vertonghen and Alderweireld and we must look to keep the pair for as long as possible.

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Andersen could be a decent option for Spurs should we sign him on the cheap. Tottenham have Davinson Sanchez as the other defender fighting for a starting spot in the heart of the defence currently and Andersen would be a good choice.

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“No, of course not” – Young Tottenham star ready to play for England U21 despite featuring for senior side

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Harry Winks is ready to play for the England U21 side and follow the footsteps of Harry Kane. The U21 side have qualified for the Euros and the midfielder was asked if he had any issues playing for the U21s.

The Englishman was quoted by the Evening Standard as saying:

“No, of course not.

“The more games I play the better. I have missed a lot of football with my ankle injury and I’ve had a lot of problems with it still to this day.

“I have to manage it at times, but playing for your country is an honour, regardless of the level; under 21s, under 19s, under 18s, under 17s.

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Kane played for the U21s in the 2015 European Championship despite playing for the senior side a couple of months earlier, as per the report.

The Tottenham midfielder played the entire 90 minutes for the Three Lions in their 3-2 win over Spain and put up a good performance.

The 21-year-old had an injury-plagued 2017/18 season but seems to have put those concerns behind him in the current campaign.

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Winks has a couple of Premier League starts to his name and should have a big role to play as we look to win silverware under Mauricio Pochettino. He is such a great talent and we’d benefit a lot if he fulfills his potential at Tottenham.

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Tottenham interested in January move for £15m West Brom attacker

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Tottenham are interested in West Bromwich Albion winger Oliver Burke, according to the Sun (h/t Express). The Scot has a goal from two Carabao Cup appearances for the Baggies this season but hasn’t made a start in the Championship.

The report adds that Tottenham and Newcastle scouts watched the 21-year-old against Blackpool last week. The 21-year-old was a rising star for Nottingham Forest and joined RB Leipzig in the 2016/17 season.

However, the youngster was brought back to the English game, with West Brom signing the player for £15m (h/t Express) at the start of last season.

Burke failed to make an impression for the Baggies as they were relegated from the Premier League. The youngster failed to score a goal for the team, and the report adds that the player will not come on the cheap.

Tottenham did not sign a single player in the summer, and it will be interesting to see how we deal with the January transfer window.

Burke hasn’t been great in the past two years but working under Mauricio Pochettino could be the right move for the youngster.

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Our manager has done extremely well with young talent at Tottenham such as Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane and it remains to be seen if he can work his magic again.

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