They all come back. The former midfielder FC Barcelona José Paulo Bezerra Maciel Júnior ‘Paulinho‘, who was part of the Brazilian team in the 2018 and 2014 World Cups, was presented this Friday as a reinforcement of the Corinthians, club to which he returns after eight years.
The 33-year-old player said that in his first cycle with the São Paulo team (2010-2013) he experienced “great things”, but guaranteed that now he wants to be remembered for what he “builds from now on”.
After a long break in the 2021 season, having resigned from Saudi Al-Ahli with only two months, the player indicated that he trained on his own to stay fit and now hopes to get “to the level as quickly as possible” and get under the orders of coach Sylvinho, another former Barcelona.
On his way through Corinthians, with which he was champion of the League in 2011, Paulinho he played 167 games, scored 34 goals and stood out in winning the Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup titles in 2012.
In 2013 he signed for Tottenham and from the British club he moved to the Chinese Guangzhou Evergrande, where he became an idol. The Barcelona he joined him in 2017. However, a year later, he returned to the Chinese club.
On the possibility of playing a World Cup for the third time, Paulinho He stated that he is aware of his lack of continuity in 2021, “a complicated and difficult year.” That is why he hopes, first, to concentrate on Corinthians.
Lapadula was offered
According to information from the Gazeta Esportiva website, a soccer player businessman contacted the directors of ‘Timao’ to offer ‘Bambino’, who is linked to Benavento until mid-2023. In September 2020, the team Los Brujos paid nearly 4 million euros for the gunner.
After the communication between the agent and the members of the high command, the São Paulo entity noted the conditions to carry out the operation. So, the name of Gianluca Lapadula entered the list of potential attackers who are evaluated by the technical committee and the expert office of Corinthians.
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