Wellington Paulista turns down West Ham United's Dubai trip

Wellington Paulista of Cruzeiro runs with the ball in a match against Colo Colo of Chile on 15 January, 2010
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Brazilian striker Wellington Paulista turns down a place on West Ham United's warm-weather training camp in Dubai to play for the reserves against Southampton on Friday.

Brazilian striker Wellington Paulista has turned down the chance to join West Ham United's first-team squad in Dubai to play for the reserves on Friday.

Paulista has yet to play for the Hammers since joining on loan last month but has scored in three successive matches for the development squad.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce reportedly offered the forward a place on the club's six-day training camp in Dubai but he has decided to stay in East London and play a full match for the reserves against Southampton.

A club insider told The Sun: "Everyone was a bit surprised to hear about Wellington turning down the chance to go.

"He plays for a top-six side in Brazil but has come to West Ham to prove himself. And he is happy to play in front of 300 fans for the reserves to do so. He's 28 and in his youth scored against Barcelona at the Nou Camp so he knows what the big time is.

"He says staying here will help make him fitter and reckons playing for the reserves will get him fitter than going to Dubai. This boy could surprise a few people."

West Ham are in Dubai on the back of a fifth successive Premier League defeat at Aston Villa last weekend.

Wellington Paulista of Cruzeiro runs with the ball in a match against Colo Colo of Chile on 15 January, 2010
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