‘I rushed’ – Former Spurs midfielder admits he regrets leaving North London

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Former Tottenham midfielder Sandro Raniere, who is simply known as Sandro by Spurs fans has admitted that he regrets leaving the North Londoners back in 2014 and that he wishes he had stayed longer.

Sandro arrived at Spurs from Internacional in Brazil and although he took a while before establishing himself in the team, he went on put in several impressive displays in the heart of Tottenham’s midfield.

His tenacity and strength on the ball earned him the nickname ‘the beast’ from Spurs fans. The Brazilian’s exit from Spurs coincided with Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival in the summer of 2014.

Sandro’s career has gone on a downward spiral since then with unsuccessful spells at QPR and West Brom (on loan) before joining Turkish side Antalyaspor.

A move to Italy then followed with spells at Benevento, Genoa and a loan spell with Udinese with the midfielder failing to make an impact.

The 30-year-old is currently on the look-out for a new club after his contract was terminated by Genoa a few months ago.

Sandro has now opened up on his regret at leaving Tottenham when he did and admitted that he could have benefited if he had been more patient.

In an interview with globoesporte, the former Spurs star said: “I regret leaving Tottenham. I had three more years on the contract, I had just renewed. I rushed. I could (have evolved more if I stayed).

“I was loved by the fans, by the team. I was one of those who had been at the club the longest, for four seasons.

“At that time, everyone was brand new. Kane, Eriksen, Vertonghen. Pochettino had just arrived. I rushed.”

Spurs Web Opinion

I do not think you are likely to find a single Spurs fan who has a bad thing to say about Sandro. Whatever one thought of the midfielder’s ability, he was a fantastic character and could never be accused of not giving 100 per cent. Ultimately his injury problems proved his undoing during his time at Tottenham.

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