Benoit Assou-Ekotto admits he's never heard of new Tottenham teammate Paulinho.

The Cameroon fullback wears his lack of knowledge about the game like a medal of honour.

Assou-Ekotto said: "I don't know what he looks like. I don't know him, I don't follow this kind of news.

"It's like two or three years ago, Rafael van der Vaart was there in training one day. I said hello to him but I didn't know he was Rafael van der Vaart.

"I don't understand people who don't understand me (not showing an interest in football). Most people don't go back home with their job and it's the same for me."