The 24-year-old held a press conference on Monday, one day after lifting the Confederations Cup with his country, to confirm he is leaving the Sao Paulo club. Corinthians also said in a statement on their website that Spurs are set to pay 20 millions euros (£17m) to release the player from his current deal. “It’s hard to say anything at a moment like this, but I am sure those were three wonderful years in my career, with many titles and working with the right people, who always helped me,” Paulinho told reporters. Press Association Brazil midfielder Paulinho has announced he has played his final match for Corinthians, amid speculation he is set to join Tottenham. “What I have to say to Corinthians is ‘see you soon’. Pretty soon I’ll be back, owing to everything you have done for me.” The statement from Corinthians thanked Paulinho for his contribution to the team, with the midfielder helping them win the Campeonato Brasileiro in 2011 and both the Copa Libertadores and the Club World Cup last year. He scored 34 goals in 167 appearances for the club and was also instrumental in Brazil’s 3-0 victory over Spain in the final of the Confederations Cup. Spurs were unwilling to comment when contacted by Press Association Sport.
Press Association The Hoops host Newcastle at Loftus Road with last Sunday’s 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City – the result that confirmed their drop into the Sky Bet Championship – still fresh in the mind. Ramsey has revealed he will not take the opportunity to give young players experience on Saturday, instead looking to restore credibility to his team. The Magpies know victory could be enough to prevent them from following the Londoners through the trapdoor, but equally aware that anything less might leave them in desperate trouble with only West Ham’s visit to St James’ Park next weekend to come. Carver’s men at least stopped the rot last Saturday, when a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Tyneside ended a run of eight successive defeats – a sequence of results which has proved hugely testing for all concerned. Asked what he had learned in recent weeks, the 50-year-old said: “The last four or five months, I’ve learned an awful lot, and that’s what it’s all about. The fact I’ve been given the time to learn from different situations, I think it’s very important . “The one thing is, I’m looking forward to this weekend because there’s a huge challenge in front of us, there’s a bit of pressure on us and we have to be able to embrace that pressure and deal with the challenge ahead of us. “When we come out the other end of it – and hopefully we’ll be at the right end of it – then I will definitely, without a shadow of a doubt, be a stronger and better person for it.” Such is the delicacy of the situation at St James’ that the club have cancelled next week’s end-of-season awards dinner, feeling it was inappropriate to hold a celebration with Premier League status still unsecured. However, on the pitch, there has been a lift in the collective mood on the back of a better result and, perhaps more importantly, a much improved performance against the Baggies. Carver said: “The spirit has been good – it’s been upbeat. But we are not taking our eye off the ball because we haven’t done a job yet. There’s a huge job in front of us, starting with Saturday and then the following Sunday, so we need to stay focused.” Full-back Daryl Janmaat returns to the squad after serving a one-match ban, while striker Papiss Cisse and midfielder Rolando Aarons are also available after stepping up their respective bids for full match fitness during the past week. QPR manager Chris Ramsey insists pride will be at stake when his relegated team enter their penultimate Barclays Premiers League fixture of the season. “Whatever happens, we have to first of all try to redress the performance of last week and make sure our home fans see that was just a blip,” he said. “Secondly, we have to ensure the integrity of Premier League, taking into consideration the teams fighting at the bottom of the league and do our bit to make sure everyone has a fair crack at staying up. “We have to take pride in ourselves in front of our home fans, so there is an obligation to play with maximum energy. I’m preparing myself for a win. “We’ll be doing our best to win the game and will pick our strongest available team.” QPR face Leicester eight days after meeting Newcastle, ensuring they will have a meaningful say in who joins themselves and Burnley in the second tier next term. “Other teams who might go down have all been pulling off surprise results here and there. I think it’s going to be another tight one. I wish we were still in the battle,” Ramsey said. “The fact we are playing two teams who are struggling means we will have a lot to say in what happens. Everyone knows we’ll be doing our best to keep everything fair.” Newcastle head coach John Carver has challenged his players to embrace the pressure of having to dig themselves out of a hole.
Ghanaian player Andre Ayew has broken his silence after the 2015 African Player of the Year was announced at an event in Abuja on Thursday night.The Black Stars vice-captain went up against Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure for Africa’s top individual football prize.The Swansea City player lost the accolade to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The post event comments by Yaya Toure slamming CAF for missing out on a fifth African Player of the Year award has spread like wildfire.Andre Ayew who has been on the low since the announcement in an interview with L’Equipe revealed how he thought him or Yaya Toure would win the award due to their participation in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations final.Ayew said in the interview with L’Equipe:“They need to explain the criteria that they use to choose the winner of this trophy. I think that playing the final game of the African cup of nations should be considered. I played this game and so did Yaya. I thought that the winner will be one of us “Aubameyang is a friend of mine. He made a great performance this year. He scored a lot of important goals but Yaya and me, we don’t have the same position that’s why we have less goals compared to him.“However, I think that the Africans should consider their competitions before choosing the winner. To be honest, I think that the winner should have been me or Yaya”.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports