Chelsea have secured a major transfer coup with the confirmation that highly-rated Celtic teenager Islam Feruz has opted to move to west London over Manchester United or neighbours City reports the Daily Mail.

The 16-year-old striker has ignored advances from a host of European clubs in order to complete his move to Stamford Bridge, turning down a first professional contract at Parkhead in favour of a switch south of the border.

"He is looking forward to starting his career with Chelsea," his agent Rui Alves said. "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. 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."


 

Bhoys boss Neil Lennon is disappointed to have lost the services of Celtic Park's brightest up and coming talent, but Alves was clear in saying that once Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas had made their intentions clear, even after additional interest from Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, there was only one club going to get Feruz's signature.

"The first impression was extraordinary," he added in an interview with Sky Sports. "It is a feeling that the whole club is behind him, Chelsea will support him on a daily basis and give him total trust and make him believe.

"It was not just every club in the Premier League but also most big clubs in Europe who were tracking him. He is the one serious player in Scotland at the moment."

Likened in style to Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, the Hoops starlet comes with a big reputation that has been further enhanced by his agent - who claims Feruz can be even better than Old Trafford's leading marksman, but agrees his client does share some attributes with the Red Devils star.

"Islam is a totally different player than Rooney," he concluded. "He is explosive with an amazing strength and good strike, but due to his speed he can also play on both wings.

"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."

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