Bayer Leverkusen will use the World Cup break to organize a marketing tour in the USA. The team will begin their five-day journey this Sunday. One prominent name will stay at home, however.

Paulinho is not part of the 17-man squad for the trip, according to the club. In addition to the non-national players, Florian Wirtz is also traveling to the USA to continue his development program with the team. The only 16-year-old central defender Madi Monamay can also prove himself in the team of coach Xabi Alonso.

With this development one can assume that Paulinho will not play another game for the Werkself. The 22-year-old Brazilian was not a factor under Gerardo Seoane and was unable to assert himself even after the change of coach.

Since Paulinho’s contract expires next summer, Leverkusen will only be able to transfer money if he leaves in the winter. The 18.5 million euros that was transferred to Vasco Da Gama for him four and a half years ago turned out to be a big mistake in this case.

Paulinho confirmed to Brazilian media back in October that he was leaving the club. However, it would be advantageous for all sides to initiate a change this winter.

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