The first press conference for Paulinho as an FC Barcelona saw the versatile midfielder grateful to the Club for his arrival. “It’s a moment of great satisfaction to be here, a dream come true. I want to thank the Board for their efforts that have allowed me to be here today,” said the Brazilian international.

“I am a player who helps in defence but I have played in a more attacking position during my career and I like to be close the opposition area. I will help wherever is needed.”

Paulinho continued: “I promise hard work and I will do everything to help my team mates. It’s a challenge and I will have to face it as best I can with my feet on the ground.”

“The team has a style and I am convinced that I can fit in here. I will do whatever is possible to help my team mates decide matches, they are great players.”

The experience midfielder revealed he is “prepared to play here” whilst at the same time confessing that he prefers to do his talking on the field. 

Robert Fernández: ‘Paulinho is a high quality player’

The technical secretary Robert Fernández highlighted the virtues of Barça’s latest signing and admitted that Paulinho is a player they have had in their sights since the arrival of Ernesto Valverde: “He is a top quality player who plays for the Brazilian national side. In the conversation I had a month ago with Valverde his name came up.” 

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