Despite the high expectations of manager Harry Redknapp, who said last week Sandro would definitely be in his 25-man squad this season, the player recognised he would have to build a new reputation in English soccer.
"It's a new life. I know they have their players there, whom the club respects. I'll be arriving there as a national team player too, and a Libertadores champion, but I know I'll have to start from zero," Sandro told Brazilian media.
"I've never played there (in England), the fans don't know me. I like that, that kind of challenge. It's going to be tough for me but I feel prepared."