Brazils Confederations Cup star is excited about coming to play in England but his Corinthians coach Tite has said that he has spoken to Paulinho and is hoping that he can still convince him to stay with the club.

Tottenham Hotspurs are reported to have signed the 24-year-old for a fee believed to be £17million.

Real Madrid has also been linked to the young Brazilian but Paulinho says it is only Spurs that have made a firm offer.

Speaking last night his current coach Tite said: “While Paulinho doesn’t come and tell me that he is leaving, I am still hoping we can count on him,” said Tite.

“I called him to talk. I knew he had a lot of things on his mind, but I only told him this – follow your head and listen to your family. You’ll know what is best for you.”

Tite was quick to remind the press that Paulinho had opportunities before to leave the Copa Libertadores champions but has remained loyal to the club.

“Twice before, he almost left,” added Tite. “Pending the final decision, I’ll wait. He’s under no pressure. If he comes back here and says he wants to play, he’ll probably play.”

The Brazilian striker has been quoted as saying that a move to Spurs would be a dream, and that they have reassured him the Both AVB and Bale are not leaving.

“It is important for the team and for the Brazilian fans that at the moment all my focus is on winning the Confederations Cup,” he said.

“But after the tournament is finished, I hope it is a deal that can get finalised quickly.

“To play in England for a great team like Tottenham is a dream. What I respect about Tottenham is the ambition they have shown.

“This summer there has been interest in their coach and their best player – and they have been clear they are both not going anywhere.”