Chelsea go to Scotland for next star

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Updated: September 29, 2011

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been left angered following the sale of starlet Islam Feruz to Chelsea. The Somalian born striker who has represented Scotland at u17 level has completed his move to the Premier League giants.

It was reported that a number of big clubs were monitoring the 16 year old closely including Man United but Feruz opted for Chelsea.  His agent, Rui Alves spoke about his client’s delight at the move.

“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.

“It is a massive step for Islam and for Scottish football,” Alves added. “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.”

The Celtic boss is understood to be angered at the youth transfer guidelines and left frustrated by the fact that the Scottish club supported the player’s family whilst he was with the Bhoys.

“Celtic have looked after Islam and his family very well but it’s obvious his head has been turned. We’ve done all we can to keep him here but I haven’t seen him since the start of pre-season training. We took him and his family out of what you might call a rough housing estate and put them into a nice flat in the West End of Glasgow.”

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