Chelsea sign the Sultan of Brunei's nephew on youth deal

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Faiq Jefri Bolkiah has previously been on trial at Arsenal - but is now on the books at Chelsea.

The Transfer Window is of course still swirling and many a deal will probably happen that you will not know of until one day you look down and ask the guy next to you in the stands ‘who the new boy is’.

In the case of a new Chelsea signing that would certainly be the case - however his uncle is potentially one of the most famous men on the planet.

Yesterday saw Chelsea snap up youngster Faiq Jefri Bolkiah to a youth deal at the club.

His uncle is Hassanal Bolkiah - if you are not familiar with that name perhaps I should call him his royal title - he is the Sultan of Brunei.

Indeed Bolkiah is the 16-year-old nephew of the Sultan - who is the second richest head of state in the world - believed to be worth $20 billion.

However Bolkiah has had to grind out his way to Chelsea.

He had a trial at Arsenal last summer - and despite impressing he failed to earn a deal with the North London club.

He then moved on to reportedly train with Reading - and the young winger has now made a move to join Chelsea after impressing on trial.

It is not sure when or if Bolkiah, who was schooled in the UK, will one day make his way into the Chelsea first-team or not - most academy players never see professional football.

The Sultan’s nephew will hope to prove different.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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