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Paulinho snubs Inter for Brazil stay

January 29, 2013
By ESPN staff

Corinthians midfielder Paulinho has declared he will not join Inter Milan in January, opting instead to remain in Brazil for what he deems a better lifestyle.

Paulinho: Star of Corinthians
GettyImagesPaulinho looks to be staying in Brazil until at least the summer

Inter have been linked with Paulinho for some time and reportedly made a bid in the region of €15million for the player earlier this month.

With Inter midfielder Philippe Coutinho looking set for a move to Liverpool, it was believed Paulinho was to be his direct replacement during the January transfer window. However, the Brazil international has decided to remain in his homeland for the time being.

"I made my decision, along with my family, to stay at Corinthians," Paulinho explained on Tuesday.

"The offer was good but sometimes you have to forget about the money. A good financial proposal doesn't mean you'll get to do a lot of things. There are times when you have to think about your career.

"I lead a very calm life and have all the conditions to do good work here at Corinthians and one of the reasons for me to stay was to return to the national team."

Inter president Massimo Moratti, though maintains hope that deal can be struck with Corinthians later in the year.

"That is an affair that could be easier in June than now," he said. "It is not a matter of money, but there are a lot of commitments for him in Brazil."