Paulinho has been given a warm welcome back to China after rejoining Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande on loan from Barcelona.

The Brazil international midfielder was greeted by enthusiastic supporters and the media as he touched down in Guangzhou on Sunday and was even handed a bouquet of flowers.

The loan deal with his former club is initially one year in length but it is believed to include a mandatory purchase clause worth £44.2million at the end of the season.

The Brazil midfielder has re-signed for the Chinese Super League club from Barcelona
The Brazil midfielder has re-signed for the Chinese Super League club from Barcelona
The Brazilian posed with a group of enthusiastic Guangzhou Evergrande supporters 
The Brazilian posed with a group of enthusiastic Guangzhou Evergrande supporters

Paulinho enjoyed a successful season with Barcelona, scoring nine goals in 49 appearances across all competitions and winning the La Liga title, he never truly settled.

He met with his agent in Barcelona after arriving back from Kazan, where Brazil were eliminated from the World Cup by Belgium on July 6.

Paulinho signs an autograph as he makes his return to Chinese football after one year in Spain
Paulinho signs an autograph as he makes his return to Chinese football after one year in Spain
Guangzhou will have the option to sign Paulinho permanently once again after the season
Guangzhou will have the option to sign Paulinho permanently once again after the season

Barcelona paid £36.5m to sign Paulinho from Guangzhou in the summer of 2017, having spent two-and-a-half years in China after an unsuccessful spell at Tottenham Hotspur.