18-year-old Chelsea talent prefers Russia to the Championship - report

Islam Feruz is reportedly set to leave the Blues on a season-long loan.

According to Sky Sports, the 18-year-old will move to FC Krylia Sovetov in a temporary switch.

But Feruz is said to have had several offers for the Championship, rejecting them in favour of a move to Russia.

The likes of Nathaniel Chalobah, Josh McEachran and Patrick Bamford have seen success moving into the lower divisions, although many have also flourished across Europe.

Feruz is rated highly at Stamford Bridge and signed a new contract with Chelsea earlier this season.

He will now join the long list of names that are playing their football away from west London on a temporary basis.

Indeed, Feruz would be the 14th Chelsea star to leave the club on loan this season.

Most recently, Victor Moses was sent to Premier League side Stoke City on loan, while Marko Marin went to Serie A side Fiorentina.

McEachran, meanwhile, left the Blues on loan once more, joining Vitesse Arnhem.

Before signing for Chelsea, Feruz spent six years at Celtic as a youth player, while he has also represented Scotland at several levels right from the Under-16s through to the Under-21s.

Jose Mourinho's men are currently preparing to face Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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