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Benoit Assou-Ekotto says he's never even heard of new £17m team-mate

Paulinho? Who’s he?

IT’S HARD NOT to like Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Here is a man who makes a reported £40,000 a week playing professional football, a job most people would give their big toe for, and yet he hasn’t got the slightest interest in the game.

Asked if he had heard of his new Spurs team-mate Paulinho, signed for £17 million earlier this summer, the defender shrugged and said: “No, I don’t follow this kind of news.”

“I don’t know how he looks. Two or three years ago Rafael van der Vaart was there and I said hello to him, but I didn’t know it was Rafael van der Vaart.”

Seems incredible, no? Well, here’s Assou-Ekotto’s logic: “I don’t understand the people who don’t understand me, because they don’t go back to their home from their job and enjoy [themselves] with it.”

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