Former Celtic wonderkid Islam Feruz finally set for Chelsea exit

A general view of  Celtic Park ahead of the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Celtic and Zenit St Petersburg at the Celtic Park on February 15, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

Islam Feruz famously turned down a contract at Scottish Premiership giants Celtic to sign for Premier League powerhouses Chelsea back in 2011.

Islam Feruz of Chelsea during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Manchester City U21 and Chelsea U21 at Etihad Stadium on May 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.

It is now eight years since Islam Feruz left Celtic for Chelsea in a move that has gone down in legend for all the wrong reasons.

Feruz was just 15 years of age when he rejected a contract with the Glasgow giants to follow the bright lights of London town, arriving at Stamford Bridge as supposedly a future superstar of British football, as reported by The Scotsman.


And there is a reason why Feruz so frequently comes up in conversation whenever a fresh-faced teenage talent is linked with one of the giants of the game. Because the former Scotland U21 international is an example of when things so badly wrong.


Feruz has never come close to a first-team game for Chelsea and has endured a range of very random loan spells. At the age of just 23, he has played for five different clubs, including OFI Crete, Blackpool and Royal Excel Mouscron.

Islam Feruz of Chelsea during a FA Youth cup 4th Round match between Norwich City Youth and Chelsea Youth at Carrow Road on January 11, 2012 in Norwich, England.

And, according to La Meuse, Feruz has now been offered a contract by FC Seraing. If you haven’t heard of them, that’s probably because they are an amateur club in the third tier of Belgian football.

You have to wonder how different things could have been if Feruz had decided that he was better off in the green and white of Celtic.

Chelsea's Islam Feruz during a Pre Season Friendly between MK Dons and Chelsea XI at MK Dons Stadium on 3rd August 2015 in Milton Keynes, England.

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