Paulinho happy to compete for spot

Spurs midfielder Paulinho in action against Crystal Palace on August 18, 2013
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Paulinho insists that he is ready to fight for a spot in the Tottenham Hotspur side this season.

Paulinho has insisted that he is looking forward to the battle of securing a regular spot in the Tottenham Hotspur side this season.

The Brazilian returned to training slightly later than some of his Spurs teammates due to his participation at the World Cup earlier this summer, but he is refusing to hide away from the challenge of impressing new head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

"Most of the players have had a chance to play this summer and it shows that Tottenham is a big club because we have top players," Paulinho told the club's official website.

"You have to fight for your place and I'm looking forward to the challenge, but I think the most important thing now is to think about the first game."

Spurs begin their Premier League campaign against West Ham United on Saturday afternoon.

Former Spurs player Ledley King waves to fans during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on August 25, 2012
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