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.”