Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the 5-year deal that was reached with 22-year old, Brazillian midfielder Sandro Ranieri.
Sandro also received some other interest from other clubs such as Roma, but after all was said and done, he decided to stay in Tottenham. According to Harry Redknapp and ESPN.com, "Sandro looks like Socrates. He runs like him. If he can play like him we'll be all right...He's totally dedicated to his football. He's not going to go off Samba dancing anywhere.'' It was obvious that Spurs had a high interest in Sandro before he made his debut with the team in 2010.
Sandro participated in 19 games for Spurs in the 2010-11 Premier League campaign in which he notched a goal and 21 shots. He also saw action in seven other games for Spurs.
The young midfielder had surgery in July for a torn lateral meniscus which he suffered during Brazil's campaign at the Copa America which took place in Argentina. Doctors expect Sandro to be out of action until at least the middle of October at the earliest.
However, Sandro picked a tough time to get onto a Tottenham squad which is full of midfielders. He will have to compete with the likes of Gareth Bale, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Luka Modrić, Niko Kranjčar, as well as Rafael Van Der Vaart. It will be interesting to see what formation Harry Redknapp will use when Van Der Vaart gets back from injury due to the influx of midfielders that he has.
This also bring questions about Luka Modrić and whether he will even return to the squad. It also questions whether Sandro could act as a kind of replacement if they were to transfer Modrić to another club.
Sandro will be a great fit for this squad when he comes back from injury. Expect him to see a lot of the field when he gets closer and closer to 100 percent.