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Tottenham boss Sherwood not worried about Paulinho status

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood insists he is not bothered about status and reputation when pondering his line-up at match selection.

Brazilian midfielder Paulinho is unhappy at White Hart Lane after being sparingly used by Sherwood since he replaced Andre Villas-Boas in December and is reportedly interested in a summer move to London rivals Chelsea.

Paulinho is a target for the Blues just 12 months after joining Tottenham from Corinthians for just under £17million and recent comments by Sherwood are pointing the way to a north London exit at the end of the season.

Ahead of this weekend's trip to West Ham United, Sherwood was asked why Paulinho hasn't been in his starting eleven when he is a chance to make Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil squad for the World Cup.

The Tottenham boss re-iterated that names and transfer fees do not enter his calculations when he is considering his matchday roster.

"I've said it previously, I pick players on what they are doing in training, not on reputations and price tags," he said.

"I can't be worrying if the Brazil national manager wants him to play every week. I am going to do what is best for Tottenham, not any national manager."

Although Sherwood is unlikely to be Spurs boss next season; this has certainly opened the door for a possible departure as Paulinho begins to eye a cross-London shift to Stamford Bridge.

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Andrew Slevison
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