Paulihno has insisted that he never had any plans to leave Tottenham after a frustrating season at White Hart Line.
The Brazilian midfielder joined Spurs from Corinthians for a transfer fee of around £17 million last summer but the 25-year-old struggled to produce the performances that the club expected of him.
He systematically started for Spurs under the hands of Andre-Villias-Boas but after the Portugueses’ sacking, he was only an occasional first-team starter for the North London side.
This gave doubts to whether he would be included in Brazil’s World Cup side, however, the midfielder made the cut and is currently preparing for the tournament with the rest of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side.
Paulinho has admitted that he had a frustrating first season at White Hart Line, but he was ready to fight back strongly to regain his place on the first-team sheet.
Having had a tough start to his career at Lithuanian club FC Vilnius and LKS Lodz in Poland, the 25-year-old is desperate to be successful at Spurs.
Paulinho told Globo Esporte: “I was on bench for a period, but I never considered returning to Brazil.
“It’s complicated for a player when he goes to Europe, you have to be strong. I went through complicated situations in Lithuania and Poland and returned to Brazil.
“Of course I did talk with my agent, its normal when you are upset.
“But the talk of returning to Brazil never existed, it never crossed my mind.”
By Ollie Carroll