Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By IAN BAKER

BENOITASSOU-EKOTTO says he had no idea who Paulinho was af­ter Spurs splashed out £17mil­lion on the Brazil ace.

The mid­fielder, 24, dubbed the new Frank Lam­pard, has 17 caps for Brazil and was also wanted by Real Madrid.

But Tot­ten­ham left­back As­sou-Ekotto (left) ad­mit­ted: “I don’t know what he looks like.

“I don’t know him, I don’t fol­low this kind of news.

“It’s like two or three years ago, Rafael van der Vaart was there in train­ing one day.

“I said hello to him, but I didn’t know he was Rafael van der Vaart.

“I don’t un­der­stand peo­ple who don’t un­der­stand me (not show­ing an in­ter­est in football). Most peo­ple don’t go back home with their job and it’s the same for me.”

If he hasn’t got a clue who Paulinho is, then Benny won’t have heard of man­ager An­dre Vil­lasBoas’ lat­est tar­get Jese.

The Real Madrid B winger was the star of the show for Spain in the Un­der-20s World Cup and is keen on a £10m move to the Pre­mier League.

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