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Saturday 06 July 2013

Tottenham capture Corinthians midfielder Paulinho

Andre Villas-Boas makes his first summer signing as Brazil international joins Londoners

  • Paulinho scored Brazil's winner against Uruguay in the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of Brazil international Paulinho from Corinthians for an undisclosed fee.

"It's a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham"

Paulinho, who appeared for in Brazil in their recent FIFA Confederations Cup triumph, passed a medical before finalising his contract to become Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas' first summer recruit.

The midfielder, who turns 25 later this month, arrived in London on Thursday to meet with Villas-Boas and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and on Saturday described his delight at joining the Barclays Premier League club.

"I am very happy and excited to have joined Spurs,” he told the club's official website. “It's a huge pleasure for my career to be at a club as big as Tottenham. I know it will be a huge challenge but I think I can help all my colleagues to succeed and give a lot of happiness to the supporters.

"The training centre is amazing and I'm very impressed about the conditions Tottenham offers to the players. I will focus on my job and use the facility as much as possible.

"We used to watch the Premier League in Brazil – including Tottenham – and this club has big players. I just want to help them to succeed here. It's nice to have another Brazilian in the squad and I'm excited to meet with Sandro and all the players."

Paulinho made 86 league appearances for Corinthians, whom he joined from Brazilian Serie B side Clube Atletico Bragantino in 2010, scoring 20 goals while helping the Sao Paulo-based club win the Brazilian Serie A league championship in 2011 as well as the Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup, at the expense of Chelsea, a year later.

This summer he played a key role in his country’s 3-0 defeat of World and European champions Spain in the final.

A box-to-box midfielder with an eye for goal, Paulinho could well be in action at the Barclays Asia Trophy later this month. The Londoners face Sunderland at the Hong Kong Stadium on 24 July before facing either Manchester City or South China on finals day on 27 July.

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Key Points

  • Spurs sign Brazil international Paulinho for an undisclosed fee
  • Midfielder expresses delight at moving to Barclays Premier League club
  • 24-year-old likely to appear at Barclays Asia Trophy later this month