Former SuperSport United captain and Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman has revealed how his career at Chelsea ended before it started.
In an interview with the Guardian, Furman said, “I was hoping I’d be the next superstar. But we were signing players for millions at 16. The competition in the reserves was up. We signed players like Scott Sinclair and Ryan Bertrand. At 18 Chelsea decided not to keep me on.”
“It was an incredible time. Brendan Rodgers took over as our manager in the youth team. It’s no surprise to see how successful he has been in Scotland and with Leicester. On the pitch, everything had a structure.
“I remember the first day he came in and told us that while he was the youth team manager at Reading the reserve players wanted to train with him and so did the first team. His training was second to none. We were young men and he helped us grow up off the pitch.”