Tottenham midfielder Paulinho has admitted he is flattered by reports linking him to Real Madrid but insists he is happy at White Hart Lane.

The Brazil international has been one of the big success stories at Spurs this season and is ready to return from the injury suffered at Christmas when he was caught by a controversial challenge from Stoke’s Charlie Adam.

Real Madrid have noted his energetic box-to-box displays for Spurs but Paulinho has no desire to push for a move to La Liga.

‘I leave these matters with my manager, but without doubt it is good recognition for any player to be coveted by a club with the history of Real Madrid,’ said the 25-year-old, who has just enjoyed a trip back to his homeland.

‘My head, however, is completely focused on returning to play and win at Tottenham.’

Paulinho, who cost £17million when he was signed from Corinthians in the summer, believes his game has improved since his switch to the top flight.

‘Here in the Premier League you need to be very quick mentally. Spaces are shorter and the game is much more tactical and tight,’ he said.

‘In England, I have acquired more tactical knowledge and improved the speed of my decision making. Today, I see myself as a more mature and dynamic player.’

Paulinho has had no trouble in switching from the methods employed by previous manager Andre Villas-Boas to the tactical demands of new coach Tim Sherwood.