Spurs youngster can follow in the footsteps of Fabregas

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Tottenham technical co-ordinator Tim Sherwood says new signing Cristian Ceballos can fulfil his potential at White Hart Lane, having failed to make the grade at Barcelona.

Ceballos shot to fame in 2007 when a video of him appeared on video sharing website YouTube, and created a stir throughout Europe due to the players' skill at such a young age.

After a seven-year spell at Barca, Ceballos was released from his contract at the Nou Camp, and has since spent time trying to earn a contract elsewhere.

And, despite spending time with Chelsea's youth side and first team during Carlo Ancelotti's spell at the club, the 18-year-old joins Spurs this summer following a trial at the back end of the season.

"Cristian trained hard and showed some real quality when he originally spent time here towards the end of last season and was even involved in some of the first team training," Sherwood said.


"There was other interest in him too. He needs to be patient and if he can fulfil his potential we believe he can play at the top level."

The player follows in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Fran Merida to make the move from Barcelona's youth academy to England to gain first team experience.

Ceballos joins new goalkeeper Brad Fridel in north London having signed from Aston Villa, as Harry Redknapp looks to build upon the club's first season in the Champions League.

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