Former Tottenham trialist vows to make the most of second chance


Bruno Uvini wants to succeed in Italy at the second time of asking.

Former Tottenham Hotspur trialist Bruno Uvini is hoping to make the most of his second chance at Napoli, he has told Tuttomercatoweb.

Uvini has been on loan at Brazilian side Santos, but is now preparing to head back to Italy with his deal there ending.

A former Brazil under-20 captain, Uvini is a central defender whose career has stagnated until his recent loan spell.

The 23-year-old signed on a two-month trial with Tottenham in 2012, confirmed the BBC at the time, brought in by Harry Redknapp, but the club elected not to take up their £3.1 million option to sign the centre-back.

The defender landed up securing a move to Napoli instead, but has made only one appearance in Serie A since signing.

He told the Italian website he felt he was back better than before after playing regularly in Brazil: "I spent a good time at Santos, I was treated very well and I have to thank everyone.

"I played, I grew up and I go back to Italy with more experience. My great hope is to help the team this season. Napoli is doing well and can achieve many goals, I will adapt quickly."

So far Uvini has not been able to show Tottenham they were wrong not to push ahead with his signature, and this is likely his final chance at Napoli.

Rafa Benitez's side sit in third position in Serie A, but are eight points off second place Roma, and sit level on 33 points with Sampdoria.

If he can play a crucial role in helping them claim the third and final Champions League spot in Italy, then he may yet carve himself out a strong European career finally.

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