Feruz swaps Celtic for Chelsea

Feruz has just turned 16, but instead of signing a first
professional contract at Parkhead he is instead moving south to
England. The likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle
and Blackburn have all been linked with the youngster but Chelsea
have always been leading the chase and they have now secured a
deal. The Somalian-born forward, who has been capped by Scotland at
youth level, has agreed terms with Chelsea and Celtic will be due
training compensation. “It is a massive step for Islam and for
Scottish football,” his agent Rui Alves told skysports.com. “Now
for him personally it is the beginning of a major adventure, he
will have to work, work and work and raise his own level. “Playing
for a top club like Chelsea, where the major word in the squad is
quality, will oblige him to show his own quality and deliver his
best and convince the staff that he is more than just a major
prospect.” Alves admits that there was little doubt he would join
Chelsea after they impressed him so much. “The first impression was
extraordinary, it is a feeling that the whole club is behind him,
they will support him on a daily basis and give him total trust and
make him believe,” he continued. He confirmed that Chelsea fended
off interest from around Europe to land Feruz, adding: “It was not
just every club in the Premiership but also most big clubs in
Europe who were tracking him. He is the one serious player in
Scotland at the moment.” Feruz has been described as the ‘Scottish
Wayne Rooney’ but Alves insists those comparisons are not accurate.
“Islam is a totally different player than Rooney – he is explosive
with an amazing strength and good strike, but due to his speed he
can also play on both wings,” he said. “But like Rooney, Islam
doesn’t cheat, you won’t see him crying on the floor begging for
cards or arguing with referees and I believe he will raise his
level very, very fast.” Alves did, though, confirm Feruz will
continue to pledge his international allegiance to Scotland and
will not forget what Celtic did for him. “He is looking forward to
starting his career with Chelsea, but he would love to thank Celtic
for all they did for him and his parents, he is Scottish and will
one day score goals for Scotland.”