Selangor striker Paulo Rangel has poured cold water on the speculation linking him a possible move away from the team.
After scoring 16 goals in 19 league games for the Red Giants this season, the 29-year-old Brazilian has attracted a host of interest, with cash-rich Johor Darul Takzim being touted the favourites to get his signature.
Despite being flattered with the interest shown by other clubs, he reaffirmed his commitment to Selangor.
Speaking to FourFourTwo at the 2014 Malaysia Cup draw in Bukit Jalil, Rangel said: "It is normal that other teams have an interest in me because it means that I have been doing a good job.
“Although my contract will expire in November, I am fully focused on helping Selangor to achieve success.
“Whatever happens after [my contract expires], we will see.”
Rangel, who was also awarded the 2014 Malaysian Super League Golden Boot at the event as well as being named in FFT's MSL Team of the Year, also talked about his impressive goal-scoring form.
“I am very happy and proud to score so many goals, but I am sad [at the same time] that my goals could not lead us to the Super League title.
“Unfortunately, you cannot win everything in football.”
When asked regarding the turning point of Selangor's league season, Rangel bluntly pointed to the harsh red card he received against Terengganu as he felt responsible for his team's failure to win the league title.
“The red card changed everything,” he said.
“If I could have played in the two games [against ATM and Kelantan] that I missed [due to suspension], I might be able to change the results because I was playing in top form and scoring in almost every other game for Selangor.”
Preferring not to dwell on the past, Rangel chose to focus on the upcoming Malaysia Cup and forget about his team’s Super League disappointment.
“Right now, I am solely focusing on our Malaysia Cup campaign.
“Last season I only played half a season with Perak, so it was a bit difficult to settle in.
“But this year it is different because I have a full season with Selangor [under my belt] and been playing with good team-mates, so I feel better and more confident.
“Selangor are a big club, so we will definitely aim to win the tournament.”comments