Barcelona star Paulinho has hit out former coach Mauricio Pochettino during his time in North London always played him out of position for Tottenham Hotspurs where he struggled.
The 29-year-old free-scoring midfielder, who has more goals this term than Cristiano Ronaldo, feared his career was on the slide when he exited Spurs for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande two years ago.
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The Brazil international set to feature in his first El Clasico on Saturday early kick-off and he is speaking to Daily Mail how his Spurs career nosedived once Pochettino became boss in 2014.
Paulinho, who was a regular under previous chiefs Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood, said: "My first game with Pochettino I played in my position. But after that, I played in every single position but mine.
"If you are not playing in your position in a league as competitive as England then it is difficult.
"In a year with him I played in my position two or three times and I played well. But that's not to say that I had a problem with Pochettino. It was his decision."
Paulinho, though, revived his career in China, winning six trophies and regaining his Brazil place.
But he reveals he only took links with Barcelona seriously when Nou Camp legend asked him about the move during Brazil's friendly with Argentina last summer.
Paulinho said: "When I went from Tottenham to China a lot of people said that was it, my career was over.
"I had a couple of other offers at the time but they were both loans and I would have had to go back at the end. I just wanted to play.
Paulinho made 22 appearances since his move Camp Nou in all competition scoring six goals in the process.