He arrived at Tottenham Hotspur in February 2012 and went on to play for Brazil whilst at Tottenham. But he never played for them, and is heading home..
On Valentine’s Day 2012 it looked as if Tottenham Hotspur had snapped up a wonderful opportunity with the arrival of Brazilian youngster Bruno Uvini.
However this was unfortunately a match not made in heaven.
The idea was for Uvini to sign permanently for Spurs at the end of the 2011-12 season for a previously agreed fee of €3.7 million.
Despite making his international debut for Brazil, the first of three caps for Selecao, whilst at Spurs on loan - he never played for the team and the club were not impressed enough to push for a work permit in the summer of 2012.
Instead he joined Italian side Napoli on a five-year-deal in August 2012. But Uvini’s continental adventure did not get any better once he arrived in Italy. It took Uvini until December 2012 to make his debut for Napoli, in a crushing 3-1 Europa League defeat at home to PSV Eindhoven. He then had to wait almost a year for his next appearance, featuring against Catania at the start of November. He also had a loan spell at Siena which saw him play on a grand total of zero occasions.
So since arriving in Europe from Sao Paulo as a fresh-faced Brazilian prospect in February 2012 he has somehow managed to play more games for the Brazilian national team (3) than he has at club level with three separate outfits (2) - now there is a statistic to be proud of, I think.
Now his European nightmare seems to be coming to an end. Numerous reports, both in Brazil and Italy, believe that Uvini - along with Napoli team-mate Eduardo Vargas - will be joining Santos this month.
Italian reports suggest there are ‘no major obstacles’ for the deal to go ahead - and it should be finalised by the end of the week.
Hopefully he can get his career back on track, as he is obviously talented, and perhaps return to London one day.
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